COVID-19 in Qatar, September

Qatar // 22 September, 2020

At least 123,917 cases and 211 deaths. See the Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 page. The Ministry of the Interior's COVID-19 app, Ehtaraz is available on Android and iOS.

Status: Outbreak

22 September: The trend in cases has begun to increase again. Compared to two weeks ago, the rolling average has now increased by 5%. This is in contrast to the decreasing trend noted on 18 September. This is not entirely unexpected, as globally there has been an increase in cases as restrictions have eased. Qatar has been easing its restrictions over the last several weeks. Testing efforts continue.

18 September: New cases continue to be reported, though the overall trend is decreasing. Efforts to test the public continue, averaging 5,000. Testing efforts are seen by some to explain the low death rate despite having one of the highest percentages of cases per million. Active cases are currently listed at 2,886.

15 September: 239 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of current active cases is 2,862, and nearly 5,000 people were tested yesterday. Public health authorities have advised that measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Qatar have “succeeded in flattening the curve.” They also note that even with restrictions being lifted and numbers declining, preventive measures must be maintained.

11 September: The number of new cases per day has remained under 300 since mid-August. The overall trend in cases has declined by nearly 18% over the last month. The Ministry of Public Health has released a list of countries it has rated as low risk for travel. Further details regarding the country’s travel policy can be found here.

8 September: The decreasing trend in new cases has continued. The Ministry of Health (MOH) is reporting 2,877 active cases at this time, 231 are new in the last day. The MOH has also published lists of Frequently Asked Questions and instructions for the general public, including instructions on how to self-quarantine at home.

4 September: Though new cases continue to be reported daily, the trend is decreasing. In the last four weeks daily rates for new cases have decreased by nearly 25%. The ministry of health is reporting more than 5,000 tests conducted and 217 positive cases in the last 24 hours. The Chair of the National Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at Hamad Medical Corp. attributes the decline to the efforts of the government and the public. He also emphasized that a majority of positive cases are due to a minority of people who have not followed preventive measures such as social distancing and wearing masks. Also emphasized was that as new facilities open during Phase 4, the public needs to be aware that this doesn’t mean the virus is no longer present, nor that there is no risk.

1 September: The country enters Phase 4 of its timetable to lift restrictions today. Details of each phase can be found here. Regulations regarding masks and social distancing remain in place. Starting today, all gatherings are allowed, mosques will continue to open and Friday prayers will be allowed. Inbound flights may now begin to expand, and public transportation is expected to resume with restricted service. All employees are expected to return to the workplace now, with strict health precautions.

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