If COVID-19 measures work, Qatar will need at least four weeks to return to normality

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If COVID-19 measures work, Qatar will need at least four weeks to return to normality

Qatar identify more COVID-19 cases with increased number of tests

Qatar in the last few days has seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases which the doctors confirm is because the number of people being tested has significantly increased.

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced yesterday 250 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and said that 16 more people had recovered from the disease in the country. 

Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Co-Chair of the National Pandemic Preparedness Committee and Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation, said that Qatar has seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases within few days because the number of people being tested has significantly increased. 

“The capacity of central laboratory has increased from 700 to 1000 tests per day to 3,500 tests per day within last 24 hours,” Dr. Al Khal told Qatar TV yesterday. He added that this helped in detecting more cases.  

He said there were more infected cases among travellers coming from Europe and America. "Therefore, I call upon all those quarantined in hotels to be cautious. They must adhere to health guidelines.” MoPH conducted 3,538 laboratory tests yesterday. 

This has brought the total number of COVID-19 tests to date, to 31,951. By yesterday, a total of 109 people had recovered from COVID-19 in Qatar. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in Qatar now stands at 1,325. A total of 1,213 active cases are under treatment.

 

If COVID-19 measures work, Qatar will need at least four weeks to return to normality: Dr Khal

It will take at least four weeks for the life in Qatar to get back to some form of normalcy if the measures to contain the spread of coronavirus yield positive results, a top health official said on Sunday.

“Four weeks is the least period we need from now … to allowing back schools and businesses to run normally,” Dr Abdullatif al Khal, Co-chair of the National Epidemic Preparation Committee, told Doha 360 website, citing the latest data on the discovered coronavirus cases and the extent of the virus transmission in Qatar as well as the experiences of foreign cities such as Wuhan in China.

However, he pointed out the need to wait and see the results of the measures being taken now and their impact on the level of virus retreat.

"If we find positive results in terms of controlling the virus during the next four weeks, the measures taken will be reviewed," he added.

But he added that based on the experiences of other countries, these measures will not be cancelled in one go, but will be phased out if we can control the virus within the next four weeks.

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