Brian Candy


It’s Tuesday 30th of June, this is the news in 60 seconds

In readiness for phase 2 of the easing of restrictions tomorrow. Lets go over a few things. Because like me, you may be imagining that things are returning to as they were before COVID-19 tomorrow. And trust me, they are not. Precautions must still be in place for our safety. So to avoid disappointment, here are the guidelines issued to shopping centers and restaurants.

Oh and before I start reading this extensive list. One other thing. Food outlets in Malls are still unable to let you dine in, even after tomorrow. But now all shops in malls will be open including the smaller ones.

Now on to the list:-

No walk in customers. Pre-booking is a requirement.

Check diners temperature and green Ehteraz App upon entry

No open buffets

No Shisha

Must wear a mask

Hand sanitizer to be provided

Safe distance stickers on the floor

Two meter gap between tables

Maximum of 5 people per table

Reduce restaurant capacity to 50%

Encourage payment by card not cash

Reduce parking spaces by 50%

Ban smoking at restaurant entrances

Ban gathering of diners or limousine and taxi drivers at entrances

Continuously measure body temperature of restaurant staff

Continuously sterilize all restaurant facilities including administration areas

Now on to parks and beaches. So the fist thing to note is that children’s play areas in parks will remain closed. However, I’m just reading that Katara have been busy disinfecting their children’s playground. So theirs may be open. Katara also say that they that they have 130 sitting places on beach 3, 100 on beach 4 and 50 on beach 5. Each sitting spot can accommodate up to 6 people. Swimming is only allowed on beaches 3 and 4. And the Jet Ski ramp will be open from 3pm until sunset for those who own their own ski’s.

Some museums will open tomorrow, but not the National Museum of Qatar, which remains closed for continued renovations. However, you can have a wander around the outside and visit it’s café and gift shops.

Qatar National Library doesn’t reopen until the 15th  of July,  so please don’t go there tomorrow. And when it does reopen you have to book a morning or afternoon slot online before turning up.

All commercial outlets will be allowed to resume their operations in Gold Souq, Souq Waqif Doha, Souq Al Ali, Souq Al Wakrah, Al Gharafa Market and Thursday and Friday Markets.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has allowed restaurants in Souq Waqif, Souq Al Wakrah, The Pearl, Katara, Museums, Al Hazm and Mesheireb to resume their operations.

In other news, The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs is teaming up with The Supreme Judiciary, to open an office for implementation of rulings. This is a long press release that reads like a contract, so I’m guessing someone legal wrote it. But basically it looks like the office is going to make it easier to track your case, and ensure that rulings are abided by. The office is located in Al Huda Tower near City Center in West Bay.

Now, let’s take a quick look at the numbers for yesterday’s COVID update – Which shows 693 new positive cases. 1,468 recoveries and I’m very sorry to say, 3 deaths.

Active cases are now 14,823 meaning a decrease of 778 in the previous 24hr period.

That’s all for today, please take care, and I’ll see ya tomorrow.

The Qatar News in around 60 Seconds – Tuesday 30th June 2020

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It’s Monday 29th of June, this is the news in 60 seconds

Active COVID Cases drop by a massive 20,033 in just one month. More on that at the end of today’s video.

Qatar is to go ahead with Phase 2 of the lifting of COVID restrictions from July 1st. Which is Wednesday for those of you who don’t already know.

The Corniche, parks, beaches, museums and libraries all to reopen. But with social distancing and the usual precautions in place. And for me, one of the most important reopening’s, are the restaurants.

Gatherings have been reduced from 10 people to 5 people. And play areas in parks are to remain closed. But apart from that things are pretty much proceeding as planned.

If all goes well you will find me in McDonalds having breakfast Wednesday morning.

Vodafone Qatar marches ahead with smart, sustainable agriculture plan. It can offer farmers and agricultural companies Internet of Things or (IoT) solutions connected by its secure narrow band IoT network. Smart farming is most definitely the way to go. And I’m extremely interested in this topic.

Qatar Museums are offering their Culture Pass members exclusive access to visit Hawksbill Turtle nesting grounds. The organized visits will run from July 2nd until August 31st and will of course have precautionary measures in place. But what a fantastic opportunity to see something like this, especially as these sites are closed to the public for the season. Great initiative QM, keep up the good work.

Now, let’s take a quick look at the numbers for yesterday’s COVID update – Which shows 750 new positive cases. 1,477 recoveries and I’m very happy to say, NO deaths.

Active cases are now 15,601 meaning a massive decrease of 727 in the previous 24hr period.

Just a reminder that a month ago, on May 27th. The active cases were 35,634 and that number had just gone up by another 301. So in one month, the active cases have dropped by over 20,000. And instead of growing by 301 cases in one day, it’s now dropping by 727 in one day. Wow!

That’s all for today, please take care, and I’ll see ya tomorrow.

The Qatar News in around 60 Seconds – Monday 29th June 2020

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It’s Sunday 28th of June, this is the news in 60 seconds

We’re getting requests for help regarding expatriate return dates across all our social media platforms.

So this morning we are going to start by covering this subject. Expatriates can begin returning to Qatar from the 1st of August. Not before unless you have government authorization to do so. It has been announced that anyone returning between the 1st of August and September 15th, must book and pay for a 2 week quarantine stay in a hotel designated for that purpose. I have calculated that from August 1st to September 15th is a 6 week and 4 day long period. So those returning late in this period may be in quarantine for 2 weeks and come out just in time to see hotel quarantine discontinued.

However at this time, there is no news on what is going to happen after September 15th. On the Discover Qatar website, there is an FAQ headed ‘What if I am planning to return to Qatar after the 15th of September?’. Their answer is ‘We recommend that you wait until closer to your planned date of arrival into Qatar, before confirming your return travel plans. In case any of the quarantine requirements have changed’.

You should be able to find a link to the Discover Qatar website in the description of today’s video. This is your most reliable source of information on this matter. We will update you the moment there is more news available on travel.

The Gulf Times have a front page article saying that ‘Social media news about the coming academic year is incorrect’. The Ministry of Education has tweeted that what is being circulated on social media platforms is incorrect. And it advises that people obtain their information from official sources only. However it doesn’t say what information is incorrect, or where you can find official information.

Hamad Medical Corporation are urging the pubic to follow water safety guidelines to avoid drowning accidents.

There is a lot of information in this article worth reading. But here are a couple of the most noticeable bits; 90% of all drownings involve children aged 10 and under. With 70% of these being under the age of four. Teach your children to swim, and if they can’t, never ever leave them unwatched near water. Keep your eyes on them at all times. Swimming pools located at home, and toddlers having unattended access near them, is a recipe for disaster.

21,200 Indians repatriated from Qatar so far. According the Indian embassy. And Indian organizations offer more free flights – Two back page Gulf Times articles.

So we begin todays news with people eagerly seeking information on returning to Qatar. And we end with 21,200 that were eager to leave.

Now, let’s take a quick look at the numbers for yesterday’s COVID update – Which shows 879 new positive cases. 1,153 recoveries and I’m very sad to say, 1 death.

Active cases are now 16,328 meaning a decrease of 275 in the previous 24hrs period.

That’s all for today, please take care, and I’ll see ya tomorrow.

The Qatar News in around 60 Seconds – Sunday 28th June 2020

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Warning: This is completely unscripted and the commentary is dreadful

As there has been no news worthy of the News in 60 Seconds for the last 2 days. I thought I would do something different. And walk you around the Souq on the route I would take if I was guiding a coach full of visitors. We would cover the Spice Souq, Pet Souq, Camel Pen, Arabian Horse stables and the Falcon Souq. The tour would normally take 45 minuets, but this one is speedy and will take us around 16 minuets to have a good stroll around the COVID-19 period Souq Waqif.

It’s Monday 18th of May, this is the news in around 60 seconds

In the Peninsula today – Sport returns to Qatar in 62 days’ time. The Qatar Olympic Committee announced yesterday that the suspension of local sports activities will end on July 20th. After which the sports activities from the 2019-2020 calendar will be resumed.

And the good news continues with the announcement that Qatar’s football season will resume on July 24th.

The Qatar Tribune report the highest number of daily recoveries so far with 582 COVID-19 recoveries in one day.

And they also say that Qatar is ready to assist partners worldwide in tackling COVID-19. Including the USA.

State-of-the-art treatment is being given to COVID-19 patients says Hamad Medical Corporation. With 6 dedicated hospitals offering specialist care. They report that plasma therapy is showing promise as a treatment. With 91 patients receiving plasma from 79 recovered donors. And the team is seeing the number of donations from recovered patients rising every week.

And finally

Eid Al Fitr holidays to start from Tuesday May 19th for ministries, government entities and public institutions. And ends on Thursday May 28th. Employees will resume work on Sunday May 31st. Nice….

The Qatar News in around 60 Seconds – Monday 18th May 2020

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It’s Sunday 17th of May, this is the news in around 60 seconds

The Gulf Times say an Aquatic Research Centre is set to produce 1.6mn shrimps annually. And is working on a program to produce 2.5mn baby fish such as Hamour and yellowfin seabream. Opened in January this year, the center is aimed at helping Qatar attain self-sufficiency in high quality fish.

In the Tribune – Turtle population increases along norther beaches amid COVID-19 and The Qatar Red Crescent Society distributes over 55,000 iftar meals across the country

The Peninsula have an article on the National Museum of Qatar putting together four crowdsourced virtual exhibitions.

Qatar’s Culinary Journey, Habitats and Shelter, NMoQ Creates Together and Mal Lawal Home Edition are the four subjects.

People are being invited to send 1-3 photographs, illustrations and/or sketches together with 100 words of text for possible inclusion in one of the four virtual exhibitions.

Please don’t forget that as of today the wearing of face masks outside of your home is mandatory. And carries heavy penalties for those not complying.

And finally

The Ministry of Public Health say there are, 1,547 new COVID cases. 242 Recoveries and sadly, one additional death.

The Qatar News in around 60 Seconds – Sunday 17th May 2020

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It’s Saturday 16th of May, this is the news in around 60 seconds

The Gulf Times have a great story on their front page about a COVID-19 Survivor. Hamad Hassan Al-Badr, a 54 year old Qatari man describes his illness. He believes he caught it while shopping in a hypermarket. He said ‘I thought I would not get infected with COVID-19 as I used to have minimal contact with others’.

He was admitted to Hazm Meb air eek General Hospital where he says he received excellent treatment. He said ‘I did not lack anything and I consider myself to be lucky to be living in Qatar’. After 48 hours in ICU his condition stabilized and he went on to make a full recovery.

His message to you is ‘Avoid leaving home unless it’s very necessary’.

The Ministry of Interior urges residents to abide by precautionary measures. And sends a reminder that from tomorrow the wearing of face masks will be mandatory outside your home.

The MoCI has exempted certain vehicles entering and leaving the Industrial Area from requiring permits.

And on twitter, Indians wishing to register online for repatriation are being warned that registration will close soon. As passenger lists need to be cleared well in time before flights.

And finally

The Ministry of Public Health say there are, 1,153 new COVID cases. 190 Recoveries and no new additional deaths.

The Qatar News in around 60 Seconds – Saturday 16th May 2020

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It’s Friday 15th of May, this is the news in around 60 seconds

The Ministry of Public Health say there are, 1,733 new COVID cases. 213 Recoveries and no new additional deaths.

And the Qatar Tribune are saying that the reason for the large number of new cases is because of a ‘Lack of commitment to social distancing’. And they emphasize that ‘Now more than ever, it is important that people strictly follow preventative measures.

Online, the Gulf Times are saying that in a recent survey. Nearly 12% of community survey participants test positive.

The survey conducted on the 6th and 7th of May. Reveals that out of every 100 people in the community, there are 12 cases who do not have any symptoms. That means that if you are in a room with 100 people around you, with none of them showing any symptoms of COVID-19, the likelihood is that 12 of them who appear perfectly normal, are in fact infected and showing no symptoms.

This is why you must take precautions, even when you can’t see any danger.

The Qatar Olympic Committee has extended the suspension of all local sports activities until 31st of May.

And finally

The Ministry of Education say that COVID-19 will not affect the new school year. And over 11,000 students are set to take high school exams. Which will be held in 149 centers with 6,100 employees assigned to act as observers.

The Qatar News in around 60 Seconds – Friday 15th May 2020

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It’s Thursday 14th of May, this is the news in around 60 seconds

In today’s Gulf Times – Wearing of face masks outside of your home is to become mandatory from Sunday May 17th. Except when a person is driving a vehicle alone. Non compliance carries a fine of up to 200,000 riyals and / or a prison sentence of up to three years.

Qatar Airways say their tickets are now valid for 2 years with unlimited changes allowed on dates. Plus a customer can also change their destination as long as it’s within 5,000 miles of the original destination.

A new hospital has been opened for males who have recovered from COVID-19. The hospital has 504 single rooms with their own bathrooms. And is to cater for recovered patients to convalesce and quarantine for 14 days.

Yesterday saw the welcome reintroduction of food pickup from restaurants and cafes.

And Hamad Medical Corporation are warning that despite the misconception that smoking dokha with a medwakh pipe is safer than cigarettes. It is in fact much more dangerous. Seriously people you don’t need professionals to tell you that any kind of smoking is bad for you. You know it’s bad for you.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry have confirmed the incorrectness of photographs portraying crowds outside money exchanges yesterday. They say the images circulated on social media yesterday, showing overcrowding and lack of social distancing rules are old.

The Ministry of Public Health say there are, 1,390 new COVID cases. 124 Recoveries and no new additional deaths.

And finally

Qatar Airways have started flying for the first time ever, their most technologically advanced passenger aircraft the Airbus A350-1000 to and from Sao Paulo. And because I’m a big fan of amazing aircraft like this, I’m going to leave you with a clip that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

The Qatar News in around 60 Seconds – Thursday 14th May 2020

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It’s Wednesday 13th of May, this is the news in around 60 seconds

In today’s Gulf Times – Restaurants and cafes can resume takeaway services. Meaning that now as well as offering home delivery they can also handover orders outside their premises. However businesses withing Malls are not included, and they are still only allowed to offer home delivery.

Qatar joins South Korea, Canada, Denmark and Sierra Leone in a group launched yesterday to cooperate in the battle against COVID-19.

Exchange houses which had to close on March 26th have reopened and are expecting a surge in business.

Hamad Medical Corporation’s ambulance service, say they have seen an increase from around 700 calls a day before the Covid pandemic, to around 1,000 calls a day currently. Which represents a 30% increase in demand.

If you are considering a career change. The Qatar National Tourism Council is offering residents the chance to gain one of ten scholarships in a Tourism Online Academy. To be eligible for one of the scholarships you need to enroll in the QNTC’s ‘Introduction to Tourism Industry Management’ by May 31st.

The Ministry of Public Health say there are, 1,526 new COVID cases. 179 Recoveries and no new additional deaths.

And finally

Visit Qatar tweet that over 150 whale sharks will be gathering of the coast of Qatar between April and September. And they’re sharing these awesome images so you can visit Qatar from home. Enjoy!

The Qatar News in around 60 Seconds – Wednesday 13th May 2020

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It’s Tuesday 12th of May, this is the news in a bit more than 60 seconds

Money Exchanges will reopen from today. But with precautionary measures to protect against infection. Exchange houses are required to prevent overcrowding and regulate spacing. Visitors must wear face masks and practice social distancing.

Hamad International Airport is ranked the 3rd best airport in the world. Up against 550 airports across the globe, Hamad has risen one place from last years 4th position and taken 3rd place.

The Mental Health Sercices of Hamad Medical Corporation have launched a new service on their one six triple zero helpline. Designed to reduce the stigma of seeking help and even allowing patients not to reveal their full identity. People should not be shy and seek help when they need it.

A private medical center and a specialized clinic have been closed down for providing non-emergency services. Which as part of the COVID preventative measures is not allowed.

Five firms in the Industrial Area have been caught violating COVID Health and Safety requirements and not ensuring their staff wear face masks. Oh come on people, this will all end sooner if everyone follows simple guidelines.

And the Industrial Area get a new 200 bed hospital capable of treating COVID cases as well as other ailments.

The Ministry of Public Health say there are, 1,103 new COVID cases. 87 Recoveries and I’m glad to say no new additional deaths.

And finally

Qatar Airways are giving away 100,000 free return tickets to any destination on its network, for healthcare professionals from all around the world. In celebration of International Nurses Day

It certainly does, well done Qatar Airways for such a generous and giving way of saying thank you our health care heroes everywhere.

The Qatar News in a bit more than 60 Seconds – Tuesday 12th May 2020

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