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Posted On: 20 May 2021 11:22 am

Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 64 Updates

Vrinda Abilash
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Did you know that this week saw 19 deaths due to COVID-19 in total and the maximum recoveries in a day were 818 recorded on 18 May 2021, while 370 was the highest number of newly infected cases recorded on 18 May 2021? Here are the latest updated weekly trends in terms of recoveries, new cases and deaths related to the current COVID-19 situation.

From 13-19 May 2021, 3,145 people were referred to the Public Prosecution for not wearing masks, 42 for violating the maximum number of people allowed in a vehicle, 407 for not adhering to physical distancing, 58 for not following the rules regarding gatherings in closed spaces, 550 for not following the rules regarding gatherings in parks and corniche, 12 for not following home quarantine rules and 37 for not downloading EHTERAZ on their phones. A total of 4,251 violations were recorded from 13-19 May 2021.

Qatar announces stricter COVID-19 restrictions amid rising cases 9 April 2021 until further notice.

The MoPH and MoCI jointly held a press conference on 9 May 2021 and here's all you need to know about the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar!

    Note: As per COVID-19 restrictions set by the government, please make sure to abide by the COVID-19 precautionary measures such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, showing your Ehteraz green status, and frequent hand washing.

      Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (13 May - 19 May 2021)

      Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (13 May - 19 May 2021)
      Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (13 May - 19 May 2021)

      From 299 new confirmed cases reported on 13 May, the numbers decreased to 244 the next day, after which it slightly increased to 260 on 15 May, and then decreased to 256 on 16 May. The next day, 17 May saw 302 new infections, followed by 370 and 295 on the next two consecutive days, and towards the end of the week.

      Daily recoveries in Qatar (13 May - 19 May 2021)

      Daily recoveries in Qatar (13 May - 19 May 2021)
      Daily recoveries in Qatar (13 May - 19 May 2021)

      From 752 recoveries from COVID-19 on 13 May, the numbers decreased to 590 on 14 May, following which it further decreased to 557 and then increased to 770 on 16 May. The numbers then stood at 719 and then increased to 818 in the following two days. The number of recoveries saw a decrease to 637 on the last day of the week.

      Daily deaths in Qatar (13 May - 19 May 2021)

      Daily deaths in Qatar (13 May - 19 May 2021)
      Daily deaths in Qatar (13 May - 19 May 2021)

      From 13 May - 19 May, the total number of deaths recorded were 19.

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      COVID-19 vaccine updates in Qatar

      Qatar started the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 on December 23, the second doses of the vaccine have also started. Here are some of the updates in Qatar:

      • 2,150,749 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the program.
      • 54.7% of the eligible population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
      • 89.5% of over 60s (the most vulnerable population group) have been vaccinated with at least one dose, while 84% have received both doses.
      • The Ministry of Public Health's online registration form for the COVID-19 vaccine is open to citizens and residents who want to register their desire to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
      • Starting from 16 May 2021, parents can register their children who are aged between 12 and 15 for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar.
      • Children aged from 12 to 15 years are to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar.
      • Check out our video on how you can register for the COVID-19 vaccination in Qatar: How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar?
      • MoPH announced that at QNCC, the COVID-19 vaccine is only given to people who have received invitations to get the vaccine and who have met the criteria set forth in the framework of the COVID-19 National Vaccination Program.
      • Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), said that MoPH announced changes in getting COVID-19 second dose vaccination process. The changes were announced for PHCC and the Drive-through vaccination centers in Lusail and Al Wakra.
      • All individuals who have received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will automatically have a vaccination certificate available for them in the MyHealth Patient Portal.
      • Check out our video on how you can download the COVID-19 vaccination certificate: How to download your COVID-19 vaccination certificate?
      • According to MoPH, 7 days after the second dose of the vaccine, a Golden Frame will appear around the QR code in the app. In the “Vaccination” tab, your vaccination details will be displayed after 7 days from the second dose, including the date of the doses and the name of the vaccine received.
      • The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) has asked students to take the COVID-19 vaccine as per their scheduled date.
      • Here are some important tips for people taking the COVID-19 vaccine, as said by MoPH official:
        - If a person had come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the date for taking the second dose should be delayed for 14 days from the date of contact.
        - The person will be fully protected from COVID-19 infection after a week or two from taking the second dose of the vaccine.
      • MoPH mentioned that people undergoing home quarantine who have a vaccination appointment scheduled during their period of quarantine should contact PHCC on +974 4021 7077 and reschedule their appointment.
      • Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Home Healthcare Service (HHS) has started administering the COVID-19 vaccine to its registered housebound patients to protect them against the disease.
      • Ministry of Public Health urges people over 60 years old and have not received COVID-19 vaccination yet to call 4027 7077 and book an appointment.
      • The Ministry of Public Health also confirmed that all people aged over 30 are eligible to receive the vaccine in Qatar.
      • MoPH updated that:
        • Only people who are receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can visit the Drive-Through in Lusail and Wakra COVID-19 Vaccination Center in a car or suitable vehicle.
        • People who don't own a vehicle can visit the centre in a taxi to get their 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
      • The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) clarified that there is no evidence that any of the vaccines can affect the fertility of women or men.
      • Pregnant women who have chronic medical conditions that could further increase their risk for severe COVID-19, as well as those whose work puts them at increased risk for getting infected, should consider taking the vaccine, advises Qatar’s National Health Strategy Lead for Healthy Women Leading to Healthy Pregnancies, Dr. Najat Al Khenyab.
      • The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) tweeted that it is possible to travel abroad immediately after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
      • The Ministry of Public Health issued an update on the entry requirements to the State of Qatar. MoPH announced the need for all travelers coming to the State of Qatar to conduct a COVID-19 examination at a medical center accredited by the local Ministry of Health in the country they are coming from within 72 hours before their arrival in the State of Qatar. This new protocol will take effect from April 25, 2021.
      • The Ministry of Public Health has issued an update to the quarantine protocol and testing of persons for Coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes the rules for exempting COVID-19 recovered people from quarantine and the need for all travelers coming to the State of Qatar to undergo a COVID-19 test in a medical center approved by the local Ministry of Health in the country they come from within 72 hours before their arrival in the State of Qatar.
      • The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), updated the list of health facilities that have been approved to conduct COVID-19 PCR test. There are now a total of 70 health facilities that have been approved.
      • The Medical Director of Communicable Disease Center (CDC) at Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Dr. Muna Al Maslamani, says there is clear evidence in Qatar that the COVID-19 vaccines are offering high levels of protection against the virus and preventing people from becoming sick.
      • The MoPH has set up a COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling Unit (VSU) for the vaccination of business workers in support of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program. The Unit supports the vaccination of workers in all businesses, but prioritization would be given to key businesses that are in direct contact with the rest of the community such as barber and hairdresser salons, restaurants, retail shops, supermarkets, hotels and other hospitality services.
      • A study carried out by investigators and collaborators from Qatar’s healthcare system and research institutes has found that COVID-19 vaccination in Qatar is highly effective at preventing severe illness due to infection from COVID-19 variants from the United Kingdom and South Africa.
      • The validity for quarantine exemption of all vaccines administered in Qatar will be extended from the previously approved six months to nine months in moves announced by the Ministry of Publish Health.

      What can you do to be safe?

      It is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following the following precautions:

      • Remain committed to social distancing.
      • Avoid social visits to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
      • Wear a face mask as recommended when out of the house.
      • Wash hands with soap and water regularly; if not available use a sanitiser.
      • It is important that we continue to protect the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases and remind their family members to follow strict measures to reduce the chances of infection, including refraining from social visits.
      • Call the toll free 24/7 coronavirus hotline at 16000 for information or if you have COVID-19-like or flu-like symptoms. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.​ The four main testing centres are:
        1. Muaither Health Centre
        2. Rawdat Al Khail Health Centre
        3. Um Slal Health Centre
        4. Al Gharafa Health Centre

      The Ministry also recommends that you regularly visit the MoPH website to view the latest information and instructions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and for the most up-to-date guidance on how to stay safe.

      When do you think the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will end in Qatar? Are you following all the SOPs? Do let us know your thoughts in our comments section. Do like and share the article - it keeps us going!