Friday, 15 October 2021 10:37 GMT

New Covid-19 community cases drop below 100 for first time in over a month

(MENAFN- Gulf Times) * Overall new daily cases (157) also drop to lowest in over a month * Over 4.5mn doses of Covid vaccine given in Qatar so far * Total recoveries now stand at 230,449


  New daily community cases of Covid-19 yesterday dropped below 100 in Qatar for the first time in over a month even as the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) data showed that more than 4.5mn doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the country so far.
The MoPH yesterday reported 99 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the community and 58 among travellers.
The last time Qatar saw fewer than 100 new daily community cases of Covid-19 was back on August 1, when 95 such cases were reported, according to statistics released by the MoPH.
Also, yesterday's total of 157 new Covid cases, including those among the community as well as travellers, was the lowest since August 2, when 150 cases were reported.
Meanwhile, the vaccination milestone of 4.5mn doses was reached on Friday. On Saturday, the MoPH said a total of 4,504,557 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country since the start of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, with 3,160 doses given in the past 24 hours.
With this, 94.9% of the eligible population (12 years and above) have now received at least one dose of the vaccine while 87.8% have got two doses.
Also, 82.3% of the total population of Qatar have now got at least one dose of the vaccine, with 76.3% getting two doses, the data show.
The MoPH also recorded 281 recoveries from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in Qatar to 230,449, Qatar News Agency reported.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry said it is important to be cautious as the second wave of Covid-19 is not yet over and there are still two highly contagious and highly virulent strains of the virus that are actively circulating in the community.
The third phase of the gradual lifting of precautionary restrictions began on July 9 and is part of a four-stage plan to be implemented over the coming months. The date of implementation and the duration of each phase will depend on the pandemic indicators, which rely to a great extent on the degree of compliance of community members with the current measures, restrictions and guidance by the government.
It is important during the current period that all members of society, including those who have received the vaccination, continue to wear masks as recommended and continue to adhere to social distancing, the MoPH stressed.
"With Covid-19 still a threat to our health here in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures: aherence to physical distancing, aAvoiding close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where people congregate, wearing a face mask and washing hands regularly," the statement noted, advising that people should take the Covid-19 vaccine at the earliest opportunity when their turn comes.
Anyone suffering from Covid-19 symptoms should contact the 16000 helpline immediately. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected, the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.
One can visit the MoPH website for regular updates and new information.

Last updated: September 04 2021 08:23 PM


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