74-year-old dies from Covid-19 in Qatar; 1547 new cases on May 16

Doha: The Ministry of Public Health announced today that 1547 new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) were recorded and 242 people recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recovered in Qatar to 3,788, in addition to recording a new death from the virus.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in Qatar till now stands at 30972 and there are 27169 active cases under treatment. So far, 15 people died from the coronavirus in Qatar.

Ministry conducted 4,531 tests in last 24 hours taking the total tests done so far to 152,704 tests.

And the Ministry of Health said that in the last 24 hours, 15 people were admitted in intensive care due to health complications resulting from virus, bringing the total number of people receiving medical care in intensive care to 158.

The ministry said, in a statement, that the new cases infected with the virus are expatriate workers who were infected as a result of contact with individuals who were previously infected, in addition to new cases of infection among groups of workers in different regions.

The incidence of cases increased among citizens and residents, as a result of their contact with infected family members who had been infected in turn at the workplace or through visits and family gatherings.

In this context, the Ministry affirmed that the high number of cases among citizens and residents is due to the lack of compliance by some with precautionary measures, the most important of which is social distancing.

The ministry reported that a 74-year-old resident, who was receiving necessary medical care in intensive care, died. The Ministry of Public Health extends its sincere condolences and great sympathy to the family of the deceased.

MoPH said that Qatar has now entered the peak phase of the virus outbreak, which is seeing a rise in the number of infections recorded daily. It is therefore more important than ever to strictly follow recommended prevention and social distancing measures.

The Ministry also stressed the importance for the elderly or those suffering from chronic diseases and their family members to follow strict measures to reduce the chances of infection with the virus and to refrain from social visits during the rest of Ramadan as well as on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

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.

MoPH said that the number of daily tests 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. This is in addition to the tests performed on patients in health centers and emergency departments. The number of tests performed daily is not linked to the number of cases detected in terms of any rise or fall.

Because the coronavirus outbreak is at the peak stage in Qatar, it is important not to leave the house except for when absolutely essential. It also stresses the importance of adhering to all measures to protect against virus infection, including maintaining social distancing both in the workplace and public places, as well as wearing a medical mask and avoiding social visits to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.

Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 should either quickly contact the 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centers for testing the virus. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it. ​
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The four main testing centres are: Muaither Health Centre, Rawdat Al Khalil Health Centre. Um Slal Health Centre and,​ Al Gharafa Health Centre.

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