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Qatar confirms 1153 virus cases on May 15 as recoveries cross 3500

May 15, 2020

Ministry of Public Health today announces the registration of 1153 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), with 190 people having recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of recovered cases in the State of Qatar to 3546

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in Qatar till now stands at 29,425 and there are 25,865 active cases under treatment. So far, 14 people died from the coronavirus in Qatar. Ministry conducted 4,235 tests in last 24 hours taking the total tests done so far to 148,173 tests.

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.

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. 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 precautionary measures, the most important of which is physical distancing and reducing the need to leave home except in exceptional circumstances. All the new infected cases have been quarantined where they are receiving the necessary medical care.

The Ministry of Public Health states that the State of Qatar has now entered the peak phase of the virus outbreak, which is seeing a rise in the number of infections recorded daily. It is therefore more important than ever to strictly follow recommended prevention and social distancing measures. 

The Ministry also stresses 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 with the virus and to refrain from social visits during the rest of Ramadan as well as on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

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 of large numbers of contacts with people who have been confirmed with the virus recently.

The Ministry of Public Health notes that the number of daily tests that it conducts on people depends primarily on the number of contacts with individuals confirmed to be infected with the virus, as it conducts random checks in different places of the country as a proactive measure. The number of tests performed daily is not linked to the number of cases detected in terms of any rise or fall.

The Ministry of Health stresses that because the Corona virus outbreak is at the peak stage in the State of Qatar, it is important not to leave the house except for when absolutely essential. It also stresses 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.