May 01, 2020
The Ministry of Public Health Friday announced 687 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), and 64 recoveries, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Qatar to 1,436. The Ministry also announced that 2 people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours. So far 14096 people have been infected in Qatar and of these, 12648 cases are now active. Total deaths now reach 12.
The Ministry said the two residents aged 96 and 40 years respectively who have succumbed to the disease were receiving intensive care and were already been suffering from chronic diseases. The Ministry of Public Health offered its sincere condolences and great sympathy to the families of the two patients.
The Ministry explained that most of the new cases are among expatriate workers who have been infected with the virus as a result of contact with individuals who had been previously infected. The remainder of new cases are from citizens and residents who have contracted the virus from members of their families, who in turn had contracted the virus through their workplaces or other places where they had been to exposed to infected cases.
All the new infected cases have been quarantined where they are receiving the necessary medical care. The Ministry of Public Health also stated that most of the Covid-19 cases are experiencing only mild symptoms.
The Ministry stressed that over the current period the number of positive cases is expected to fluctuate for several reasons, including the fact that the outbreak of the virus is considered to be entering into the peak stage, after which the number of infections will begin to decrease gradually.
This is in addition to the fact that the Ministry has further stepped up its efforts in tracking coronavirus transmission chains and expanded the search for infected people by conducting extensive and proactive tests among groups who were in contact with with people who have been confirmed with the disease previously. The number of tests carry out always depend on the number of contacts positive patients have had. This number therefore has an impact on the number of positive cases reported daily.
Many of the recorded cases experience mild symptoms and do not require any medical intervention, the Ministry stated. These cases too are quarantined and given access to medical care and support. However, it is important to continue to remember that Covid-19 can be severe for the elderly as well as those with chronic diseases.
The Ministry called on all members of society to stay at home and not go out except in cases of necessity and to implement preventive measures and maintain physical distancing, at workplaces as well as at 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 recommended that one can visit its website regularly to view the latest information and instructions related to Covid-19.
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