* MoPH reports 533 new Covid-19 cases, 1,023 recoveries and 200,467 total recoveries
The total number of Covid-19 recoveries in Qatar has crossed 200,000, according to the daily data published by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Saturday.
The ministry recorded 1,023 recoveries from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 200,467, Qatar News Agency said in a report.
The number of new Covid-19 cases also dropped as the MoPH Saturday reported 533 new cases of Covid-19, 342 of whom were from the community and 191 travellers returning from abroad. In comparison, 600 cases were reported on Friday, 593 on Thursday, 645 on Wednesday, 640 on Tuesday, 644 on Monday and 646 on Sunday.
Further, the ministry announced six new deaths, of people aged 47, 53, 53, 56, 57 and 76 years, three of whom had a history of chronic diseases. All were receiving the necessary medical care.
Meanwhile, the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme continued in the country with 1,787,160 vaccine doses being administered since the start of the programme. The MoPH data showed that 24,615 Covid-19 vaccine doses had been given in the past 24 hours.
With this, 48.6% of the eligible population has now received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccines in Qatar. Also, 87.4% of over-60s (the most vulnerable population group) has been vaccinated with at least one dose, while 79.6% has received both doses.
The pace of the vaccination programme means that there is hope of a gradual return to normal in Qatar and people around the world. "But this will not happen in the next few weeks or months," the MoPH reminded. "Covid-19 will continue to be a threat to our health for the majority of 2021 and until all eligible members of our population have been vaccinated, we must continue to follow the preventive measures."
The ministry has reiterated that it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures such as adherence to physical distancing; avoiding close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where people congregate; wearing a face mask; and washing hands regularly.
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.
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