The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Tuesday announced the registration of 1,826 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 2,599 people having recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recovered people in Qatar to 36,036.
The ministry also announced three deaths due to the virus.
The reason for the large increase in the number of recoveries is due to the application of the latest international recommendations regarding criteria for recovering from Covid-19 infection, approved by the MoPH.
Over the last 24 hours, the ministry also recorded 20 new patients being admitted to intensive care due to the virus, bringing the total number of cases currently in intensive care to 239.
The MoPH said the new cases are expatriate workers who were infected with the virus as a result of contact with individuals who were previously infected, in addition to recording new cases of infection among groups of workers in different regions. The new cases have been identified after investigations by the research and investigation teams of the MoPH that contributed to the early detection of cases.
Cases of infection have also increased among citizens and residents as a result of contact with infected family members who had been infected in the workplace or through visits and family gatherings.
The new confirmed cases of infection have been introduced to complete isolation at various medical facilities in the country, where they receive the necessary healthcare depending on the health status of each case.
The MoPH revealed that infections increased due to family gatherings and visits between friends and extended families, and people ignoring the preventive measures recommended by the authorities concerned - the most important of which is staying at home and maintaining social distance.
The ministry said the new deaths recorded yesterday are those of three individuals aged 24, 59 and 62 years, who were receiving the necessary medical care in intensive care. "The Ministry of Public Health offers sincere condolences and great sympathy to the families of the deceased," the MoPH said in a statement.
The ministry encouraged anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 to either quickly contact the 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centres for testing. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected, the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.
The four main testing centres are the Muaither, Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal and Al Gharrafat Al Rayyan health centres.
The ministry has said Qatar is still in the peak phase of the virus outbreak, which is seeing a rise in the number of infections recorded daily, and therefore it is necessary to adhere to - more than ever before - the preventive measures and social measures recommended.
It has also stressed the importance for the elderly or those suffering from chronic diseases and their family members to follow the strict measures to reduce the chances of infection, including refraining from social visits.
The MoPH said because the coronavirus outbreak is at the peak stage in Qatar, it is important not to leave the house except when it is absolutely essential. It also stressed the importance of adhering to all measures to protect against infection, including maintaining social distancing both in the workplace and public places, as well as wearing a medical mask and avoiding social visits to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
The MoPH also encouraged the public to visit its website regularly to view the latest information and instructions related to Covid-19.
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