May 12, 2020
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Tuesday announced 1526 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), and 179 recoveries, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Qatar to 3019. So far, 25149 cases were reported in Qatar and at present 22116 cases are active. The total death toll is 14.
The MoPH said that most of the new cases are from the expatriate labor force who were infected with the virus as a result of coming into contact with individuals who were previously infected. The reported cases are among workers in different regions and the investigations by the research and investigation teams of the Ministry of Health, identified many of these cases.
Cases of infection have also increased among citizens and residents, as a result of contact with infected family members, who had been infected at their workplace or through visits and family gatherings. In this context, the Ministry affirmed that the high number of infections among citizens and residents is due to the lack of compliance by some with the precautionary measures, the most important of them being physical distancing and avoiding leaving home and making social visits.
All the new infected cases have been quarantined where they are receiving the necessary medical care. The Ministry of Public Health launched a community study to learn more about how the virus is transmitted within the community and cases of infection that do not show symptoms of the disease. This is being done through a survey conducted at the drive through testing centers, where invited participants complete a test. The Ministry of Public Health noted that the current period is considered to be the peak stage in the virus outbreak and the numbers may continue to rise before they begin to stabilize and then gradually decline.
The reasons for the high numbers of new cases are due to the Ministry's redoubling of its efforts in tracking the transitional chains of the virus and expanding the circle of searching for infected people through intensive and proactive investigations among large numbers of contacts.
The Ministry noted that the number of daily tests that it conducts on people depends primarily on the number of contacts identified through random checks at different places as a proactive measure. So, the rise or fall in the number of cases identified each day is not directly linked to the number of tests performed.
The MoPH also called on all members of the community to stay at home and not go out except when it is absolutely necessary and to follow preventive measures and maintain physical distancing, both at the workplace and public places.
The Ministry reminded people to use a face mask as recommended and avoid social visits to reduce their risk of contracting the virus. The Ministry also called on people who are having symptoms of Covid-19 to contact the dedicated hotline on 16000, or go to one of the centers for testing, as the earlier the disease is detected, the easier it will be to recover from it. The Ministry also recommended that one can visit its website regularly to view the latest information and instructions related to Covid-19.
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