Qatar announces its first case of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. The patent is a 36-year-old Qatar man who recently returned coming from the Islamic Republic of Iran. He is in stable condition and has been admitted to the Communicable Disease Center and isolated under strict infection control measures.
Below is a statement from the Qatar Ministry of Health from their official Twitter account about this case:
MOPH announces the first confirmed case of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Qatar, more @ https://t.co/7ftf6NgACx
— وزارة الصحة العامة (@MOPHQatar) February 29, 2020
Qatar has recorded its first confirmed case of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on 29 February 2020.
The patient is a 36-year-old Qatari male and is in a stable condition.
MOPH – The patient returned recently from the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was evacuated out of the country on a government-chartered plane and along with all other passengers has been under full quarantine. He has been admitted to Communicable Disease Center and isolated under strict infection control measures.
Given the nature of the coronavirus and the extent of the global spread, finding a case in Qatar was expected.
The Ministry of Public Health is taking all measures to limit the further spread of the virus and asks the public to take caution and implement the simple protective measures by frequent washing of hands or using hand sanitizer, avoiding sick people, keeping social distancing and coughing or sneezing into the sleeve of a flexed elbow or use a tissue which then should be discarded into a closed bin.
The Ministry also advises all those who have been in any of the countries where the virus has been reported in the last 14 days and suffer from cough and fever to come forward for testing or to call the hotline of the Ministry of Public Health at 16000.
The Ministry of Public Health is working closely with all partners and with the World Health Organisation to ensure the implementation of latest guidelines and the appropriate public health measures and asks the public to regularly check the ministry’s website for the latest advisories and information.
The Ministry of Public Health will release regular updates as the situation unfolds. It also urges the public to extend their help and cooperation with the health authorities in the implementation of the public heath measures and cautions against listening to unreliable sources of information and rumors.