UPDATED: Qatar announces additional measures to combat COVID-19

UPDATED: Qatar announces additional measures to combat COVID-19

By QLNews

UPDATE: MARCH 22, 11.30 AM -- Information about food stores, restaurants and pharmacies has been updated according to a tweet by the Government Communciations Office (GCO).

UPDATE: MARCH 22, 9.00 AM -- This article has been updated to include a clarification from the Ministry of Interior. The clarification is regarding the prevention of riding more than one person in the same vehicle. According to the Ministry, the prohibition stipulated in the decision referred to in the statement at the press conference does not include transportation by cars, buses or trucks as long as it is for necessary purpose.

Qatar announced additional measures today to ensure the population remains at low risk of being affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Her Excellency Lolwah bint Rashid Al-Khater, Spokesperson for the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, announced the latest preventive measures implemented by the State of Qatar to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The measures include stopping all gatherings in public places, such as Corniche and others are prohibited by law. 

Mobile patrols will be deployed and anyone who violates the decision will be seized and checkpoints will be set up in different parts of the country. This also includes vehicles. 

Ministry of Interior (MOI) earlier also announced the launch of a dedicated hotline for complaints regarding quarantine.

In a tweet on its official Twitter page, MOI said the hotline 44579999 can be used by citizens and residents "to submit queries and complaints about quarantine (hotels - homes), and to report cases of non-compliance with health and security guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19."

What about funerals and other occasions?

This new measure includes cancelling all types of gatherings. There is no exception.

What about restaurants and others?

HE Lolwah AlKhater confirmed that food stores and pharmacies as well as delivery services, including restaurants, will operate as normal.

 

Who should stay under quarantine?

“We call upon all individuals who recently returned to Qatar, or those who doubt they were in contact with someone affected with COVID-19, needs to quarantine themselves. We hope no one takes it lightly. A lot of you feel unaffected. However, we are facing increasingly bigger number amongst younger people in critical conditions and wish everyone contributes,” says Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Department of Medical Education.

About those tested positives with COVID-19?

As of today, the total number of COVID-19 recovery in Qatar has reached 27. Some of the patients are in critical conditions and are in ICU. However, those numbers keep changing.

After being tested for COVID-19, how long it takes to get the result?

The test takes around four-six hours. The result depends on the number of individuals being tested for COVID-19.

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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By zaheer_sayyed• 5 days 7 hours ago.
zaheer_sayyed

The sooner we follow the directives by government the sooner we can get back to our normal lives. The number of patients has to come down and it wont come down if everyone does not do their part.

By zaheer_sayyed• 5 days 7 hours ago.
zaheer_sayyed

"By smian Just want to confirm if a single family can travel in a car?.." are you serious ? No gathering for your sake and for others specially elderly. No need of getting whole family in car and risk your family and others unless it is essential ..(FYI shopping does not count as essential)

By prabhatec• 6 days 19 hours ago.
prabhatec

U closed gov offices and make 20% how abt private? Nothing!! Just nothing!! Atleast make offices upto noon!

By zuma222• 6 days 23 hours ago.
zuma222

May God Bless Qatar for endless effort to protect its Citizens and Expatriates from war against Covid-19.

By sms• 1 week 5 hours ago.
sms

Please advise, person who is on visa on arrival date getting expire this month 28/03/2020. He already get one time extension for 30 day. Total 60 day getting finish on above date. Visited to MOI airport door close nobody allowed. They mentioned web add, email and whatup no. But nothing NO ONE RESPONSING. PLEASE ADVISE SOME.

By toriola y oluwatosin• 1 week 6 hours ago.
toriola y oluwatosin

Why workers still loading like sardine in a bus to their site. is this not too much up to 60 people. And we should avoid crowded places.

By atifnesma• 1 week 16 hours ago.
atifnesma

One passenger with driver or only one person(only driver) allowed to travel please let me know.

By smian• 1 week 17 hours ago.
smian

Just want to confirm if a single family can travel in a car?..

By smian• 1 week 17 hours ago.
smian

Just want to confirm if a single family can travel in a car?..

By Samee ahamed• 1 week 18 hours ago.
Samee ahamed

How about vehicles

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