Ministry of Public Health today announces 1754 confirmed new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), with 1467 people having recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of people recovered in the State of Qatar to 40,935. The Ministry also announces that 4 people had died from the virus in the last 24 hours.
It reports that the people who have sadly died over the last 24 hours were aged 90, 70, 62 and 80 years – all of whom were suffering from chronic diseases, and receiving the necessary medical support in intensive care. The Ministry of Public Health offers its sincere condolences and great sympathy to the families of the deceased.
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in Qatar till now stands at 65495 and there are 24511 active cases under treatment. So far, 49 people died from the coronavirus in Qatar. Ministry conducted 5276 tests in last 24 hours taking the total tests done so far to 246362 tests.
Over the last 24 hours, 18 patients had been admitted to intensive care due to the virus, bringing the total number of patients currently in intensive care to 238 cases.
The Ministry states that there has been a small decrease in the number acute COVID positive patients being admitted to intensive care thanks to the measures taken by the Ministry of Public Health and the concerned authorities to limit the spread of the virus, the most important of which is the early detection of the virus which can contribute significantly to reducing the severity of infection.
The Ministry states that the new cases are due to expatriate workers who were infected with the virus as a result of contact with individuals who were previously infected, in addition to recording new cases of infection among groups of workers in different regions. The new cases have been identified through track and trace team at the Ministry of Public Health.
Cases of infection have also increased significantly among citizens and residents as a result of contact with infected family members who had been infected in the workplace or through visits and family gatherings.
The new confirmed cases of infection have been introduced to complete isolation in the various medical facilities in the country, where they receive the necessary healthcare according to the health status of each case.
The Ministry affirms that efforts to tackle the (Covid-19) virus in the State of Qatar have succeeded in flattening the curve and reducing the impact of the virus mainly through the preventive measures taken and the cooperation of all members of society, and that the number of new hospital admissions is now showing a limited decrease.
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. 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 centers are:
Muaither Health Centre
Rawdat Al Khalil Health Centre
Um Slal Health Centre; and
Al Gharafa Health Centre
The Ministry also stresses 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, including refraining from social visits, wearing a mask and regularly washing hands.
The Ministry of Public Health stresses that 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 as failure to comply could lead to a second wave of the virus.
The Ministry also recommends visiting its website regularly to view the latest information and instructions related to COVID-19.