The latest announcement from Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) reveals that 11 new cases of the COVID-19 disease have been tallied, bringing the country’s total positive cases to 481. Moreover, the Ministry adds that 27 have totally recovered from the disease, while there are 454 active cases and 6 critical cases. Statistically speaking, this brings the COVID-19 rate in Qatar to 167 cases per 1 million population.
The MOPH also mentioned that most of these new cases are returnees, or Qataris who were from abroad and just recently went back home. The remaining cases are expats. With the steady rise in COVID-19 cases around the world, it is important that we take extra measures for prevention. One of the most recent steps that the government of Qatar has done to stop the spreading of coronavirus is by closing public places in the country, including industrial areas.
Number of COVID-19 Cases in Qatar Now at 481
Here is an infographic tweeted by the MOPH showing the recent COVID-19 numbers. The infographic reveals exactly how many people have been tested in Qatar for the coronavirus so far, how many cases are positive, how many new cases in the last one day, and how many patients have recovered:
— وزارة الصحة العامة (@MOPHQatar) March 21, 2020
The Ministry also tweeted the precautionary measures initiated by His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. The tweet emphasized banning all citizens from gathering, including social gatherings and especially in popular public places like beaches, parks and the Corniche, among others. The government is taking the necessary steps to enforce these new rules; creating checkpoints all across the country, utilizing mobile police patrols and establishing a hotline. This hotline number, 44579999, is primarily for violation complaints.
As part of #Qatar’s efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has decided to take precautionary measures and ban all forms of gatherings by law. #YourSafetyIsMySafety pic.twitter.com/5Y62EwN94i
— مكتب الاتصال الحكومي (@GCOQatar) March 21, 2020
The Ministry continues to advocate the hashtag #YourSafetyIsMySafety, providing advice on how to home quarantine properly. Proper self-quarantine includes staying at a separate room at home, preferably one that has its own bathroom and is well-ventilated. It also includes avoiding contact with members of the family, now allowing any visitors, using your phone to contact other family members, and more. You can learn more about the latest COVID-19 cases through the Ministry of Public Health Website. Moreover, the Ministry has a dedicated hotline number 16000 for all questions and concerns related to COVID-19.
Indeed, your safety is my safety. We should practice social distancing and quarantine to see an end to this global health crisis.