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Posted On: 15 March 2020 09:38 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:11 am

Important updates from the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management regarding coronavirus COVID-19 in Qatar

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A press conference was held tonight at 8 pm by the Ministry of Public Health to talk about the latest developments in the Coronavirus outbreak in Qatar. Officials from the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Communications and Communications, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management and Qatar Airways were present during the conference.

His Highness, the Amir of the country, chaired a meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management to follow up on all developments and precautionary measures to combat the spread of the new Coronavirus, Covid 19. During the meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, His Highness directed the initiation of a package of decisions and procedures, as follows:

  • Qatari students located outside the country: we advise them to adhere to the policies in place in the country of study with the readiness of the country's embassies to provide any of the necessary services, including facilitating the procedures for return to the State of Qatar if the need arises.
  • Public schools: will start e-learning on March 22, 2020. Students from grades one to eleven will be subject to the continuous evaluation system. As for the twelfth-grade students, they will undergo high school exams on time and at the exams headquarters, which will be announced later. As for students of private schools and universities, they will start studying remotely according to the academic calendar and the evaluation systems approved for them.

H.H. the Amir also directed a number of financial and economic packages:

  • to support and provide financial and economic incentives amounting to 75 billion Qatari riyals to the private sector.
  • the Central Bank to put in place the appropriate mechanism to encourage banks to postpone loan installments and obligations of the private sector with a grace period of six months.
  • directing the Qatar Development Bank to postpone the installments of all borrowers for a period of six months.
  • Directing government funds to increase their investments in the stock exchange by 10 billion riyals.
  • The Central Bank to provide additional liquidity to banks operating in the country
  • Exempting food and medical goods from customs duties for a period of six months, provided that this is reflected in the selling price to the consumer.
  • 6-month of rent relief for industrial facilities
  • Exempting the following sectors from electricity and water fees for a period of six months: Hospitality and tourism sector, Retail sector, Small and medium industries sector, Commercial complexes in exchange for providing services and exemptions to tenants, Logistics areas

The Qatar government would like to reiterate their call to all sectors and institutions in the state, citizens, and residents to cooperate and abide by all procedures and take all necessary precautions to overcome this stage.

Source: Government Communications Office, Qatar News Agency, Khalifa Al Haroon - Mr. Q