Officials highlight Qatar's strategy to curb spread of COVID-19

Officials highlight Qatar's strategy to curb spread of COVID-19

By QLNews

Qatar has been working above and beyond to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and limit its spread among the population.

During the press conference, held by Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on June 23, 2020, Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Chair of the National Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) said that the new cases in the State of Qatar are gradually declining. In today’s  COVID-19 statistics, the MoPH announced that Qatar recorded 1176 new cases and 1545 new recoveries.

COVID-19 Updates:

- Qatar has now passed the peak stage of the virus and seeing the number of new infections come down each week.

- The number of people getting admitted to the hospital due to COVID-19 is also declining.

- The number of deaths has increased in the past fast weeks. This is due to people who were infected at the peak of the virus several weeks ago.

- There has been an increase in positive cases among Qatari nationals and expat professionals.

- This is of great concern as this population group is the one which has the highest proportion of elderly people and people with chronic conditions.

- Now more than ever it is important to protect those who is at high risk.

- It is vital that we continue to protect the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.

- Qatar is midway through phase 1 of the lifting restrictions but can only move to phase 2 if the data shows continual improvement.

- It is important that people follow all the preventive and precautionary measures as the restrictions are being lifted gradually.

Dr. Hamad Al Romaihi, Director of Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control at the Public Health Department and co-chair of the National Pandemic Preparation Committee said during a press conference:

- The MOPH our surveillance team continues to track and trace all cases to identify potential new cases and gain an understanding of how the virus was transmitted.

- We continue to see examples of people ignoring the preventive measures, resulting in one or even multiple positive cases within families and contacts.

- Our tracing system has shown on many occasions how young and healthy people have ignored social and physical distancing and this has led to them contracting the virus and passing it on to family members.

- Despite the overall numbers being encouraging we are seeing an increase in the number of cases within the Qatar and expat professional community, where we have high numbers of elderly and people with chronic conditions.

- We are at a critical time for these people and unless we adhere to strict preventive measures, we could see cases, and ultimately deaths, increasing in our most vulnerable people.

- No member of society should be complacent - though the risk of serious symptoms is low for young and healthy people, they can easily be carriers of the virus and pass it on to contacts who are elderly or have chronic conditions

- Everyone has a role to play in the lifting of restrictions and protecting the elderly and people with chronic conditions.

For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar, the public can contact a 24/7 hotline set up by the Ministry. The hotline number is 16000 and is toll-free.

Here's everything you need to know about the virus, including ways to protect yourself. 

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