Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced three more positive cases of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Qatar, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 18 cases so far.
Senior officials in a press conference added that three new cases were in contact with the three patients who were found positive yesterday. The ministry official said that the cases were connected to the central market and a hypermarket.
Senior health officials assured that there is no death reported among coronavirus patients.
“There is no truth in rumors of the death of COVID-19 positive patients in Qatar,” the official said during the conference.
After discovering the three cases yesterday the ministry screened hundreds of people who were in contact and found the three new cases today.
“We have closed and sterilized the wholesale market and examined everyone who had contact with the patients,” the official added.
The patients are admitted to the Communicable Disease Center and are kept under complete isolation. All those who came in contact with the patients have been isolated and subjected to quarantine, to make sure they are healthy and that no infection was transmitted to them.
The ministry officials at the conference confirmed that with this the virus has spread into the community but still is limited which is a good indicator. It requested members to limit social gatherings and to ensure good hygiene as a preventive measure.
The ministry has screened 3500 people for COVID_19 so far.
The ministry has also set up a dedicated, round-the-clock call center to answer all questions and inquiries related to COVID-19. The hotline number 16000 is toll-free.
Source: The Peninsula