MOPH: Latest Developments & Updates Regarding Coronavirus Situation

Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, Co-Chair of the National Pandemic Preparedness Committee and Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)  and Dr Hanadi Al Hamad, National Lead For Healthy Aging In Qatar, Medical Director For Rumailah Hospital; spoke in a Ministry Of Public Health (MOPH) press conference on 14th May 2020, saying coronavirus cases in Qatar has not yet reached the peak of the curve but has entered the peak phase.

Here are the latest developments and statistics related to coronavirus patients in Qatar. Some of the important points include:

  • We have not reached the peak yet, but we have entered the peak period.
  • The number of cases has risen steadily in the past week.
  • Fluctuation in the number of Covid-19 cases during the last few days is because the virus has entered the peak stage.
  • Lack of social distancing among community members during Ramadan led to an increase in the number of infection and the spread of Coronavirus in Qatar so far.
  • A total of 417 coronavirus patients were admitted in ICU. Out of which 265 patients were shifted out of ICU, 14 people died, 138 patients are still in ICU of which 55 patients are on ventilators and 6 patients are receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
  • A significant increase in the number of tests reflects in the large increase in the capacity of the central laboratories – the number of daily tests reached more than 7400 samples.
  • The maximum number of cases is diagnosed with 25-34-year-olds. This age group accounts for 36.7% of the cases.
  • 11-15 cases were admitted to ICU on a daily basis for treatment during the past week
  • Despite repeated warning against gathering during the night of Garangao, many families met, which led to the further spread of Coronavirus.
  • We advise that no more than one family gather in one house for breakfast and Suhoor during the remainder of the blessed month of Ramadan.
  • MOPH conducted a community tracking and tracing survey at three health centres on May 6th and 7th. The survey found 156 positive cases of coronavirus which are about 11.9 per cent of total 1,308 people who were included in the survey. As part of the survey, 1,035 males and 273 females were tested. 567 people were screened at Al Thumama Health Center, 441 people at Al Waab Health Center and 300 people were tested at Leabaib Health Center. The aim of this exercise was to conduct a community survey and gain more insight into community transmission and asymptomatic cases, which will, in turn, inform policy decisions. Participants of the survey were randomly selected based on age, gender and ethnicity and participation was voluntary.


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