January 12 update: 4,206 Covid-19 cases reported by MoPH
Qatar witnessed a massive spike in the number of Covid-19 cases on January 12. The Ministry of Health (MoPH) recorded a rise of 4,206 cases among the Qatar population in the last 24 hours. Out of these, nearly 3,838 are from the local community, while 368 cases were from among travelers.
This brings the total number of current active cases in Qatar to 31,713. Out of these, over 566 are admitted to hospitals for treatment.
The MoPH also reported that 963 patients recovered and tested negative on January 12. The death toll for the 24 hours January 11–12 remained zero.
There have been a total of 5 severe ICU admissions in the last 24 hours making the total number of people in the ICU to 60. Again, the Ministry clarified that everyone who counts in acute hospitalization cases is either children, chronic patients, or unvaccinated individuals.
The alarming spike in the number of cases within only a fortnight of the new year (from 833 cases on Jan 1 to above 4000 cases on Jan 12) reestablishes the need to administer booster doses to all eligible individuals in public. The Ministry counsels taking the booster dose for all adults and even children of the 12–15 age group. Here are the details of the statistics of the Covid-19 vaccine administered in Qatar:
27,224 Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the last 24 hours.
Total number of booster doses administered so far: 393,007
Total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered since the beginning of the vaccination campaign: 5,334,532
MoPH has requested the public to play their role in containing the virus and ensuring the general safety of themselves and others. The following precautionary measures are prescribed:
- Everyone must adhere to strict physical distancing in public spaces.
- Public is advised to avoid physical contact with others, especially in closed and confined spaces, crowds, and gatherings.
- People are advised to keep their face masks on at all times in open and closed public spaces.
- Hygiene measures must be taken, including frequent washing of hands and sanitization of public spaces.
Those who tested positive or exhibit symptoms are advised to stay home until their test results come out and possibly inform their recent contacts. This would significantly help in reducing community transmissions and quicker treatment of the sick ones.
Call the 16000 helpline in case of any Covid-19 symptoms or emergency services at 999 for severely ill cases.
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