The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management held a press conference and meeting broadcasted on Qatar Television and Al Rayyan TV on 20th April 2020, explaining the rise in cases of coronavirus & measures as we enter the holy month of Ramadan during this crisis.
Her Excellency, Lolwah bint Rashid Al-Khater, official Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management chaired the meeting, here are the latest updates from the meeting:
- The rise in coronavirus infection in March was linked to the return of travellers from abroad.
- Most coronavirus cases are quarantined and this is controlling the spread of the virus.
- The first hike in coronavirus infections occurred in March and was linked to the return of Qataris from abroad. Then we witnessed relative stability and then another rise related to the discovery of a group of spreading chains. As a result, part of the industrial area was closed.
- Family visits are among the most important reasons for the spread of the Coronavirus among Qataris in particular.
- 90% of coronavirus infections in Qatar are light and only 1% are serious cases.
- Qatar has the lowest death rate in the Arab world and the lowest in the world compared to the number of infected.
- The gradual opening of the closed part of Industrial Area will begin from 22nd April 2020, starting from street No 1 and 2 and Al Wakalat street. The work will continue to open the remaining part of the area as per the medical information in the interests of the people.
- Around 6,500 workers were shifted in preparation to partially open the closed part. They were shifted to precautionary quarantine facilities to screen for early detection despite no symptoms of the infection for their and others safety in the area
“It is necessary to continue applying preventive measures, the most important of which is not leaving the house except for necessities, wearing masks, washing and sanitizing hands and practising adequate social distance, especially as we are entering the blessed month of Ramadan. We call upon all and urge to avoid family gatherings during Ramadan month,” Her Excellency, Lolwah bint Rashid Al-Khater concluded.