A total of 1,001,488 people have been tested for Covid-19 in Qatar so far, according to information provided by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
The daily infographic on Covid-19 figures issued by the ministry on Thursday showed that 12,064 tests had been carried out in the last 24 hours. Also, 6,029 people had been tested for Covid-19 for the first time in the same period.
The MoPH yesterday announced 249 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 during the last 24 hours, of which 211 are from the community and 38 from travellers returning from abroad who are subject to quarantine, the Qatar News Agency reported.
An MoPH statement said all new cases have been introduced to isolation and are receiving the necessary healthcare.
The ministry also recorded 266 recoveries from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in Qatar to 130,680.
Measures to tackle Covid-19 in Qatar have succeeded in flattening the curve and limiting the spread of the virus. The number of new daily cases and hospital admissions is continuing to decline each week, the statement notes.
"Qatar's proactive and extensive testing of suspected cases has enabled us to identify a high number of positive cases in the community," it adds.
Qatar has one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the world, the MoPH has stressed. This is a result of very high quality of care provided thorough the public healthcare sector for coronavirus patients, Qatar's young population, proactive testing to identify cases early, expanding hospital capacity, especially intensive care, to ensure that all patients receive the medical care they need and protecting the elderly and those with chronic diseases.
Though restrictions are being lifted and the numbers are declining, this does not mean that the Covid-19 pandemic is finished in Qatar as people continue to be admitted with moderate to severe symptoms, the statement points out. "Unless we follow all precautionary measures, we may experience a second wave of the virus and see the numbers increasing. There are already signs of this happening in other countries around the world.
"Now more than ever, we must be careful and protect the most vulnerable."
While the Covid-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following these precautionary measures: adherence to physical distancing, avoiding close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where other people congregate, wearing a face mask and washing hands regularly.
"Most importantly, it is vital that we continue to protect the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions," the statement continues. "When spending time at home with elderly family members or those with chronic diseases, ensure you wash your hands regularly, wear a mask and maintain social and physical distancing."
Anyone suffering from Covid-19 symptoms should either contact the 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centres to undergo the necessary checks: Muaither, Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal and Al Gharafa health centres.