New coronavirus cases in Qatar to fall in coming few days: Health official

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New coronavirus cases in Qatar to fall in coming few days: Health official

279 new covid-19 cases, fourth death Sunday in Qatar

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Sunday announced 279 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Qatar, in addition to the death of an 88-year-old Qatari citizen who was also suffering from several chronic diseases.

While the total number of people recovered from Covid-19 in Qatar reached 123, with 14 recoveries recorded Sunday, the death toll touched four.

Some new cases of infection are due to returning travellers from countries where the epidemic is spreading or contacts of these travellers, including citizens and residents, in addition to new cases of infection among expatriates.

The new infected cases are now in quarantine where they are receiving necessary medical care.

Sunday, the MoPH conducted laboratory tests on 3,806 people to detect Covid-19, bringing the total number of tests so far to 35,757.

This is owing to the use of new laboratory techniques and increasing the number of laboratories being used by the MoPH. Work continues to increase the capacity of laboratories.


New COVID-19 cases in Qatar to fall in coming few days: Health official

The number of new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported daily in Qatar is likely to start declining in the coming few days, a top health official has said.

“There are several reasons for the rise in new coronavirus cases. And one of the top reason is the increase in the number tests conducted in our laboratories. On Sunday, we conducted the highest number of tests -- about 6, 000. On Saturday, we conducted about 4,000 tests,” Sheikh Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Thani, Director of the Public Health Department at the Ministry of Public Health, said.

“In the past, we used to examine 1,500 cases daily. Today, we conducted a large number of combined tests, so the rise in the number of new cases,” he said, adding that on Saturday the number of new cases jumped to 250 from 128 the day before.

On Sunday, the number just increased by 20 as compared to Saturday, he added.

Discipline among the public is very essential in limiting the spread of the virus, he said.

“We currently see that the majority of people are disciplined and we hope that the 1 or 2 percent of undisciplined people abide by the law soon keep their family and country safe,” he said.

On violations of quarantine guideline, he said, “What is happening is not in the customs and traditions of Qatari people, who are known to keep their promises.”

“If such violations continue, the number of cases may increase and multiply, but if everyone commits, the whole world will be surprised by the achievement of Qatar, and how a disciplined country managed to contain the disease that no one should underestimate,” he noted.

“We are proud that the number of volunteers is between 30,000 and 35,000, and we are training them now,” he said.