12 New COVID-19 Cases in Qatar, Total Now at 549

Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) reports the latest number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the country. With 12 new cases added in the last 24 hours, Qatar’s total now reaches 549. Forty three cases have recovered from the disease, while 6 are currently in critical condition. The new cases added per day remains relatively low compared to other countries, in particular the United States, Spain, Italy and Germany. In fact, the United States reported a staggering 17,057 new cases in one day alone, making it the worst-hit country in the world right now, overtaking China, Italy and Spain.

Qatar also heightened its testing in the last 24 hours. A total of 1,423 new people have been tested in the last day, bringing the total number overall to 13,681. MOPH continues its stringent measures to prevent further spreading of the Coronavirus Disease, making several announcements through social and other forms of media for its residents. Qatar has even established sanctions for violations to the infectious disease prevention law, which includes social distancing and restricting gatherings and movement. Learn more about the ban on group gatherings here.

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UPDATE: 549 Total Cases in Qatar

The Ministry of Public Health has shared this latest tweet about the Coronavirus Disease in Qatar. It shows that 13,681 people have been tested so far. It also shows the total number of cases, the newly added cases and that 43 people have fully recovered from the viral infection. Moreover, the tweet promotes calling the hotline number 16000 for all types of COVID-19 related queries and concerns, and visiting the MOPH website for more details.

The government of Qatar has established a volunteering campaign called “For Qatar,” and the first training workshop of the said campaign was held yesterday, March 26, 2020, at the Student Center in Qatar Foundation. The workshop included training the participants regarding the various tasks they will be performing during their duties, and the accompanying precautions. HE Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari of the MOPH expressed her admiration and pride for the volunteering workers. In a tweet, she lauded the volunteers for embodying what it truly means to be socially responsible.

The country is also preparing for any damages the Coronavirus Disease may have caused from an economic perspective. One of the strategies it has done is to provide support to the private sector, a QR 75 billion stimulus plan, and QR 10 billion to be injected into the stock market. The plan especially targets companies who are hit the hardest, and the Qatar Central Bank hopes to help by taking over the salaries of the employees so they don’t have to lose their jobs.

As many countries in the world see hundreds or even thousands of new COVID-19 cases daily, Qatar’s numbers remain relatively low and stable. It is evident that the rigorous measures the country has done is paying off, and eventually, in the near future, no new cases will be added.