25 suspected cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) were detected in Qatar, according to senior health officials and 23 have been ruled out as negative. Lab tests for the other two are still pending clearance.
Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, Chairman of Pandemic Preparedness Committee and Head of Infectious Disease at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) said during a press conference that the two suspected cases were reported only this Saturday, 1 Feb. He said that the two cases are undergoing a screening process and that hopefully, the results will be released today.
One of the suspected cases is a Qatari national who travelled to China recently.
Officials at the joint press conference also emphasised that staff at all their healthcare facilities have been educated to detect any suspected cases. Laboratory facilities and the Communicable Diseases Centre are operating 24×7, including weekends, and any suspected case of the new coronavirus will be immediately isolated.
Officials assured that Qatar remains safe from the novel coronavirus and all required preventive measures have been taken under the umbrella of Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
MoPH in collaboration with HMC and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) created a page at moph.gov.qa to provide residents with updates on 2019-nCoV.
Hotline numbers: 6674 0948 / 6674 0951
For more comprehensive updates, visit the World Health Organization page dedicated to the 2019-nCoV.
Additional report from Peninsula Qatar
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