Ministry of Public Health announces the registration of 1130 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 129 new recovered cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the State of Qatar to 2499. The Ministry also announces one new death from the virus.
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in Qatar till now stands at 21331 and there are 18819 active cases under treatment. So far, 13 people died from the coronavirus in Qatar. Ministry conducted 4096 tests in last 24 hours taking the total tests done so far to 124554 tests.
The Ministry explains that most of the new cases are due to expatriate workers who have been infected with the virus as a result of contact with individuals who have been previously infected, in addition to recording new cases from within groups of workers from various regions. These cases have been identified as a result of investigations carried out by the Ministry.
There was also an increase in the number of infections among citizens and residents who had contact with COVID-19 positive family members, who had in turn been infected at the workplace or other locations. All the new infected cases have been quarantined where they are receiving the necessary medical care.
The Ministry reports that the new death was a 52-year-old resident who had received the medical care in the Intensive Care Unit and was suffering from chronic diseases. The Ministry of Public Health offers sincere condolences and great sympathy to the family of the deceased.
The Ministry of Public Health has launched a community survey to learn more about how the virus is transmitted within the community and gain more understanding of cases of infection that do not show symptoms of the disease.
Through drive through survey centers, invited participants complete a questionnaire. Last week, tests were conducted for 2500 people who received an invitation to participate in the community questionnaire, which aims to better understand the transmission of the virus in the community and thus adapt the response of stakeholders.
This questionnaire is expected to continue during the coming period, and the Ministry encourages people who receive an invitation to respond and participate in this initiative in order to contribute to the national efforts to combat the virus and to understand more about the epidemiology of transmission of infection between members of society.
The Ministry of Public Health notes that the current period is considered to be the peak stage in the virus outbreak when numbers may continue to rise before they begin to stabilize and then gradually decline.
The reasons for the high numbers of new cases are due to the Ministry's redoubling of its efforts in tracking the transitional chains of the virus and expanding the circle of searching for infected people through intensive and proactive investigations of large numbers of contacts with people who have been confirmed with the virus recently.
The Ministry of Public Health notes that the number of daily examinations that it conducts on people depends primarily on the number of contacts with individuals confirmed to be infected with the virus, as it conducts random checks in different places of the country as a proactive measure. The number of tests performed daily is not linked to the number of cases detected in terms of any rise or fall.
The Ministry of Public Health calls on all members of society to stay at home and not go out except in cases of necessity and to implement preventive measures and maintain physical distancing, including in the workplace and public places. The Ministry reminds people to use a face mask as recommended and avoid social visits to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
The Ministry also recommends that you visit its website regularly to view the latest information and instructions related to COVID-19.