Qatar re­ports 80,170 Covid-19 re­cov­er­ies

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The Min­istry of Pub­lic Health (MoPH) re­ported yes­ter­day 693 new con­firmed cases of the novel coro­n­avirus (Covid-19), as many as 1,468 re­cov­er­ies and three new deaths in the last 24 hours, bring­ing the total num­ber of peo­ple re­cov­ered from the dis­ease in Qatar to 80,170 cases. The MoPH said that, in the last 24 hours, nine cases were ad­mit­ted to in­ten­sive care due to health com­pli­ca­tions re­sult­ing from the virus, bring­ing the total of cases cur­rently re­ceiv­ing in­ten­sive care to 203.

The Min­istry of Pub­lic Health (MoPH) re­ported yes­ter­day 693 new con­firmed cases of the novel coro­n­avirus (Covid-19), as many as 1,468 re­cov­er­ies and three new deaths in the last 24 hours, bring­ing the total num­ber of peo­ple re­cov­ered from the dis­ease in Qatar to 80,170 cases.

The MoPH said that, in the last 24 hours, nine cases were ad­mit­ted to in­ten­sive care due to health com­pli­ca­tions re­sult­ing from the virus, bring­ing the total of cases cur­rently re­ceiv­ing in­ten­sive care to 203.

The min­istry pointed to the de­crease in the num­ber of daily cases that re­quire in­ten­sive care, as well as in the num­ber of daily cases that re­quire hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion, but warned that in­fec­tions may rise again if the com­mu­nity’s com­mit­ment to pre­cau­tions and pre­ven­tive mea­sures de­creases.

The MoPH ex­plained that the new cases were di­ag­nosed through emer­gency de­part­ments or dif­fer­ent health cen­tres due to hav­ing symp­toms of the dis­ease. They got in­fected from peo­ple who had been pre­vi­ously in­fected, as the min­istry con­tin­ued to con­duct in­ves­tiga­tive and proac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tions, which con­trib­utes to early de­tec­tion of cases.

The new con­firmed cases have com­pletely iso­lated in the var­i­ous med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in the country, where they are re­ceiv­ing the nec­es­sary health­care ac­cord­ing to the health sta­tus of each case.

The MoPH stated that the three deaths recorded yes­ter­day had re­ceived the nec­es­sary med­i­cal care, and were aged 59, 63, and 81, re­spec­tively. The min­istry ex­tended its sin­cere con­do­lences and great sym­pa­thy to the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased.

Ac­cord­ing to a tweet from the MoPH, with a total of 3,506 peo­ple tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, as many as 352,659 have been tested so far in Qatar. The total num­ber of in­fected peo­ple in Qatar since the start of the Covid-19 out­break is 95,106.

The total num­ber of cur­rent ac­tive cases is 14,823. The total num­ber of peo­ple cur­rently un­der acute hos­pi­tal care is 914, in­clud­ing 93 acute hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions in the last 24 hours. The total num­ber of Covid-19 deaths so far in Qatar is 113.

The MoPH pointed out that the Covid-19 pan­demic is grad­u­ally de­clin­ing in Qatar due to the pre­cau­tions and pre­ven­tive mea­sures im­ple­mented by the state and the com­mit­ment of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to them with a re­cent de­crease in the num­ber of in­fec­tions. This is con­sid­ered a re­as­sur­ing in­di­ca­tor, but it does not mean the end of the epi­demic as the virus is still present in the com­mu­nity.

The min­istry in­di­cated that the num­ber of daily in­fec­tions among cit­i­zens and res­i­dents (other than ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers) has in­creased com­pared to what it was in May, de­spite the de­crease in the total daily in­fec­tions in Qatar.

The MoPH cau­tioned that most of the in­fec­tions in these two cat­e­gories be­long to mem­bers of the same fam­ily and that the source of the in­fec­tions is of­ten due to so­cial mix­ing with friends or other rel­a­tives. Care must be taken not to trans­mit the virus, es­pe­cially to the el­derly and those with chronic dis­eases.

In this con­text, the min­istry has ad­vised the com­mu­nity to be more care­ful than be­fore and to con­tinue phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing, hand wash­ing, and wear a pro­tec­tive face­mask as well as be­ing care­ful when near el­derly fam­ily mem­bers or those with chronic dis­eases. Also, re­duce the num­ber of nec­es­sary so­cial vis­its and limit them to 15 min­utes while main­tain­ing a safe dis­tance.

With the start of the sec­ond phase of the tighter grad­ual lift­ing of the re­stric­tions im­posed due to the Covid-19 pan­demic start­ing tomorrow (Wed­nes­day, July 1, 2020), the MoPH reaf­firmed the im­por­tance of ap­ply­ing the re­quire­ments of the new phase and re­spect­ing all the con­di­tions re­lated to it.

The min­istry stressed that the tran­si­tion from one stage to an­other from the stages of the grad­ual lift­ing of re­stric­tions is sub­ject to the co-op­er­a­tion of all mem­bers of so­ci­ety and their ap­pli­ca­tion of pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures, and the need to ad­here to the pro­ce­dures in place de­ter­mined by the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, in­clud­ing wear­ing masks at the exit and down­load­ing the Ehteraz ap­pli­ca­tion of pre­cau­tion and so­cial sep­a­ra­tion.

The MoPH warned that the grad­ual lift­ing of re­stric­tions does not mean lax im­ple­men­ta­tion of pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures and steps by com­mu­nity mem­bers, be­cause the virus is still present in the com­mu­nity.

The min­istry stressed that in the event of a de­cline in the de­gree of cau­tion among mem­bers of so­ci­ety, it is very likely that the epi­demic will re­turn as a new wave of the spread of the virus in so­ci­ety.

The MoPH has de­vel­oped in­di­ca­tors through which it eval­u­ates both daily and weekly the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion then sub­mit­ting rec­om­men­da­tions to the Cabi­net re­gard­ing progress and tran­si­tion from one stage to an­other of the plan.

The min­istry urged any­one with symp­toms of Covid-19 should ei­ther quickly con­tact the 16000 helpline or go di­rectly to one of the des­ig­nated health cen­tres for test­ing. The min­istry said that this would be im­por­tant as the ear­lier the dis­ease is de­tected the eas­ier it will be to re­ceive the right treat­ment and re­cover.

The main screen­ing cen­tres in­clude Muaither Health Cen­tre, Raw­dat Al Khail Health Cen­tre, Umm Salal Health Cen­tre, and Al Ghar­rafa Health Cen­tre.

The MoPH also rec­om­mended visit­ing its web­site (covid19. moph.gov.qa) reg­u­larly to view the lat­est in­for­ma­tion and in­struc­tions re­lated to Covid-19.

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