COVID-19 in Qatar

Qatar // 29 June, 2020

At least 95,106 cases and 113 deaths. Outbreak. See the Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 page.

29 June: New cases continue to be reported daily, though the downward trend continued over the weekend. While 693 cases were reported on 29 June, this is the first time since 4 May that new cases per day have been this low. The Ministry of Health (MOH) is reporting 14,823 active cases, with 80,170 recovered so far. Testing efforts continue, with 3.506 people tested within the last 24 hours.

26 June: While new cases continue to be reported daily, the recent peak has passed and the daily cases continue to trend downward. All inbound flights remain suspended until further notice, with the exception of transit and cargo flights. Qatari citizens and holders of permanent residency permits are able to enter the country though they may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Masks continue to remain mandatory in public settings.

22 June: A clear trend is emerging that shows a decline in newly reported cases per day. More than 324,000 tests have been performed, 3,778 were done in the last 24 hours, with 1,637 positive results. Nearly 70,000 people have recovered so far. The Ministry of Health site reported today’s tip: “Wearing masks is not necessary for outdoor exercising; however, precautionary measures for safe distancing should be followed.”

19 June: A downward trend in daily cases has continued. More than 313,000 tests have been performed, with 3,831 tests just in the last 24 hours according to the Ministry of Health. The country is reporting 19,960 active cases, and 65,409 cases recovered. Inbound flights remain suspended except for transit and cargo flights, but this is expected to end on 1 August. The use of face masks in public remains mandatory until further notice. The country has a four phase plan to ease restriction, and beginning on 01 July limited mosques, and partial opening of stores and private health clinics will be allowed to operate with limited capacity.

16 June: New cases continue to be reported at a rate of over 1,000 per day, though the trend is beginning to decline. All inbound flights remain suspended except for transit and cargo flights until further notice. Facemasks are required to be worn outside of personal residences except when driving alone in a car. Public buses may only operate at 50% capacity, and all forms of public gatherings, including religious events are banned. Security forces are patrolling and utilizing checkpoints to ensure compliance with these restrictions.

10 June: More than 1,400 new cases per day have been reported since 18 May. The total case count is doubling approximately every 10 days. Face masks remain compulsory outside of personal residences.

9 June: New cases continue to be reported daily, and while more than 1,000 new cases have been reported each day since 8 May, the government will start a 4 phase plan to reopen the country on 15 June. Inbound flights with the exception of transit and cargo remain suspended, and face masks remain compulsory outside of personal residences.

5 June: The surge in new cases has continued, with around 1,500 new cases per day reported since 20 May. The Ministry of Public Health reports that over 264,000 people have been tested, with 5,276 tests performed in the last 24 hours.

18 May: Qatar has been experiencing a surge in cases, with a total of 32,604 cases confirmed. Of these 15 people have died and at least 582 people have recovered. Many of the recent cases are due to expatriate workers or transmission among family and workplace contacts. The Ministry of Health is urging residents to follow social distancing measures and refrain from social visits throughout Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

Wearing masks became mandatory on 17 May for anyone travelling outside their house, except when driving alone in a vehicle. Strict penalties apply - up to 3 years imprisonment and or QR 200,000 fine.

13 May: The number of cases continues to increase, bringing the total to exceed 26,000 cases.

26 March: 549 cases have been confirmed to date, with 43 of these already recovered.

19 March: Three additional cases confirmed. Local transmission has been detected in the country and notified to WHO on 14 March. No fatalities reported to date.

17 March: More cases have been reported, resulting in a total of 439 cases.

11 March: A further 238 cases have been reported, all of which were in close contacts with one another.

10 March: More cases have been confirmed, resulting in a total of 18 cases.

2 March: Additional cases have been reported by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar on Twitter, resulting in a total of seven confirmed cases. All new cases recently returned from Iran.

29 February: Health officials in Qatar have confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the country. The individual was evacuated by the Qatari Government from Iran. He is currently under medical care in Doha.

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