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Posted On: 5 January 2022 09:51 pm
Updated On: 6 January 2022 11:55 am

The third COVID-19 wave has not reached its peak yet: Dr. Al-Khal

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The third COVID-19 wave has not reached its peak yet: Dr. Al Khal

Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Khal tells Qatar Television that the restrictions imposed in Qatar to confront COVID-19 in the previous period saved many lives.

In a special interview on 5 January 2021 during the 'Al Musafat Al Ijtimaia'' programme on Qatar Television regarding the COVID-19 situation in the country he told the channel that since October 2021, Qatar has witnessed a clear increase in the number of daily cases. The restrictions approved by the Council of Ministers on 5 January 2022 are in the context of the measures that will be implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.

Omicron is over 6 times more contagious than Delta

Dr. Al-Khal said “Omicron” is 6 times more contagious than “Delta”, and we must be careful not to infect ourselves or others with it. The Omicron mutant is highly contagious, but its symptoms are between mild and moderate, and the demand for the third dose is increasing. The vast majority of infections among community members with the new strain of Omicron had mild or moderate symptoms.

The third wave has not reached its peak yet

According to Dr. Al-Khal, the third wave will continue for several weeks and has not reached its peak yet. It's expected to reach its peak in the coming weeks and record a large number of infections like the rest of the world. In the next few weeks, everyone must unite to limit the spread of this wave of COVID-19, and the need to ensure the application of precautionary and preventive measures like wearing masks which should cover the nose and mouth, not just the mouth, to protect against the coronavirus.

Demand for vaccination is increasing

More than 300,000 people have been given the booster dose and the demand for vaccination is increasing, and we are witnessing an increasing demand for it as a result of the opening of new vaccination centers.

We must join hands to overcome this wave

COVID-19 is one of the most severe epidemics that has passed through the whole world. We must prepare for future waves and we must join hands to overcome this wave. We cannot rule out the occurrence of a new wave of the coronavirus in the foreseeable future, as the virus could mutate again and spread a third and fourth time in the world, causing many infections.

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Source and cover image credit: Qatar Television