May 29, 2020
Active COVID-19 cases in Qatar took a steep tumble on Friday as the country recorded its biggest single-day jump in recuperating rate.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, 5,205 patients recovered on Friday, even as three more succumbed to the virus and 1,993 more tested positive. The death toll so far stands at 36.
Despite the fatalities and the jump in fresh cases on Friday, the active cases fell from 35,482 to 32,267, thanks to the spectacular spike in recovery rate. The steep increase in recoveries comes after the Hamad Medical Corporation revised its COVID-19 protocol and said it would discharge asymptomatic patients 14 days after the first positive swab test.
The ministry said the deceased were aged 84, 48 and 65 and "were suffering from chronic diseases and received treatment in intensive care". It extended its condolences to their families.
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 that currently in intensive care to 216.
The Ministry states that the new cases are due to 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 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.
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