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Qatar conducts more than 500,000 virus tests

Sunday، 02 August 2020 02:12 PM

*MoPH reports 107,779 Covid-19 recoveries

The health ministry in a statement said measures to tackle Covid-19 in Qatar have succeeded in flattening the curve and limiting the spread of the virus and the number of new daily cases and hospital admissions is continuing to decline each week.

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported on Sunday 196 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) and 201 recoveries from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people who have recovered in Qatar to 107,779.

The MoPH also announced the deaths of three patients aged 48, 60 and 71, who all were receiving the necessary medical care.



A total of 500,536 have been tested for the virus in Qatar until Sunday, according to the information available on the MoPH website.

The MoPH said all new cases have been kept in isolation and are receiving necessary healthcare.

The health ministry in a statement said measures to tackle Covid-19 in Qatar have succeeded in flattening the curve and limiting the spread of the virus and the number of new daily cases and hospital admissions is continuing to decline each week.

Qatar's proactive and extensive testing of suspected cases has enabled the ministry to identify a high number of positive cases in the community.

Qatar has one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the world.

This is a result of:

*Very high quality of care provided thorough the public healthcare sector for Covid-19 patients.

*Qatar's young population.

*Proactive testing to identify cases early.

*Expanding hospital capacity, especially intensive care, to ensure all patients receive the medical care they need.

*Protecting the elderly and those with chronic diseases.

Even though restrictions are being lifted, and numbers are declining, this does not mean that the Covid-19 pandemic is over in Qatar as every day between 50 and 100 people are admitted to hospital with moderate to severe Covid-19 symptoms.

"Unless we follow all precautionary measures, we may experience a second wave of the virus and see numbers increasing there are already signs of this happening in other countries around the world. Now more than ever, we must be careful and protect the most vulnerable," the health ministry said.

While the restrictions of Covid-19 are gradually being lifted in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures:

*Adherence to physical distancing.

*Avoid close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where other people congregate.

*Wearing a face mask

*Washing hands regularly

*Most importantly, it is vital that we continue to protect the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.

Anyone suffering from Covid-19 symptoms should either contact 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centres to undergo the necessary checks at Muaither, Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal, or Al Gharafa.

This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it. The MoPH has urged people to visit it website for regular updates and new information.


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