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 MOPH.
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 explains that the deaths that were recorded today were receiving medical care in intensive care, and the deceased were suffering from several chronic diseases.
The deaths are attributed to a 40-year-old and two 68-year-olds. The Ministry of Public Health offered sincere condolences and great sympathy to the families of the deceased.
The Ministry affirms that efforts to tackle the 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 coronavirus should either quickly contact the 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centres 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 centres are:
- Muaither Health Centre
- Rawdat Al Khalil Health Centre
- Um Slal Health Centre; and
- Al Gharafa Health Centre
The Ministry 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.
MOPH also 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 recommends visiting its website regularly to view the latest information and instructions related to COVID-19.