May 23, 2020
The Ministry of Public Health Saturday announced 1,732 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 620 new recoveries in the last 24 hours in Qatar, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 8,513. The Ministry also announced two deaths due to the virus.
During the last 24 hours, 16 new cases have been admitted to intensive care due to complications resulting from the infection, bringing the total number of people currently in intensive care units to 177.
The Ministry said the two new deaths were a 55-year-old whose condition worsened after several days of illness a 38-year-old who was suffering from chronic diseases. Both patients were receiving necessary medical care in intensive care. The Ministry of Public Health extended its sincere condolences and great sympathy to the families of the two deceased.
The Ministry stated that the most of the new cases are among expatriate workers who were infected as a result of contact with individuals who were previously infected. The new cases are recorded among groups of workers in different regions. The new cases have been identified after conducting investigations by the research and investigation teams of the Ministry of Public Health that contributed to 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 in the various medical facilities in the country, where they receive the necessary healthcare according to the health status of each case.
The Ministry revealed that the number of positive cases among citizens and residents witnessed a significant rise, with the number of infections relating to family gatherings, visits and sharing meals together with relatives and extended families having doubled.
The Ministry of Public Health also stated that Qatar has now entered the peak phase of the virus outbreak, which is seeing a rise in the number of infections daily, and therefore it is necessary to adhere to, more than ever before, the preventive measures and social measures as recommended.
The Ministry also stressed the importance for the elderly or those suffering from chronic diseases and their family members to follow strict measures to reduce the chances of infection, including refraining from social visits during the rest of Ramadan as well during Eid al-Fitr.
The Ministry said that 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 virus 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.
Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 should either quickly contact the 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centers for testing the virus. 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 centers are: Muaither Health Centre, Rawdat Al Khalil Health Centre, Um Slal Health Centre and Al Gharafa Health Centre.
The Ministry also recommendsed visiting its website regularly to view the latest information and instructions related to Covid-19.
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