Qatar is gradually flattening the curve.

The average number of new daily cases of COVID-19 and hospital admissions in Qatar has declined in the last few weeks. According to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) this is an affirmation that the government is succeeding with measures implemented to tackle COVID-19.

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According to the latest update published by MoPH, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Qatar has already reached over 101,000, since the country’s first registered case in February. Only 5,308 are considered active cases. There are 96,107 patients already recovered – giving Qatar a 94.6% recovery rate, one of the highest among the countries affected by the pandemic. From the active cases, 712 are currently under acute hospital care, and 154 are in intensive care units.

Sheikh Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of the Department of Public Health at MoPH said the country is showing positive indicators of overcoming the ‘peak stage’, the reason for the gradual but cautious lifting of restrictions in Qatar.

Over the past weeks, we have seen a drop in the number of cases reported daily, as well as a drop in the number of patients admitted to hospital and intensive care units.

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Aside from the impressive recovery rate, Qatar also registers a 0.1 % fatality rate. The rise in the number of deaths in recent weeks, according to Dr Al Thani, is due to people who were infected at the height of the pandemic several weeks ago.QATAR DAILY NEW CASES

 

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Currently, one of the greatest concerns of MoPH is the increase of cases among families. Dr Al Thani stressed the importance of caring for the vulnerable sectors, especially the elderly.

This is of great concern as this group has the highest percentage of the elderly and people with chronic conditions. Now more than ever, we must be careful and protect the most vulnerable.

While COVID-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted in Qatar, MoPH noted that it’s still important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures – physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and regular hand washing.

Anyone suffering from COVID-19 symptoms should either contact 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centres to undergo the necessary checks: Muaither, Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal, or Al Gharrafa Health Centers. 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 ministry has extended their thanks to all members of the community for their active role and cooperation in implementing preventive measures. For more details about the gradual lifting of restrictions in Qatar, read this Marhaba article:

Qatar to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions in Four Phases

The process of lifting restrictions for COVID-19 is guided by a number of key performance indicators. In the event that one of the indicators is negatively affected, some restrictions may be re-imposed, and the stages for lifting of restrictions delayed.

Visit the MOPH website for regular updates and new information.