• Cabinet imposes more COVID-19 restrictions
  • South African variant behind spike in COVID-19 cases
  • Qatar achieves one millionth vaccination milestone
  • Qatar Airways new engine facility inaugurated
  • Active cases of COVID-19 up by 405 to 18,401

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It’s Thursday 8th April

In today’s newspapers

Cabinet imposes more COVID-19 restrictions

The cabinet has imposed a number of new restrictions which will come into effect from tomorrow, and will continue until further notice, to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Qatar.

  • Workplace attendance reduced to 50%
  • Beauty and hair salons to be closed
  • No dine-in at restaurants and cafes
  • Children under the age of 16 not allowed in malls
  • Metro and bus capacity reduced to 20% and there will be no services on weekends
  • Mosques will stay open for daily and Friday prayers
  • Social gatherings , sitting in parks, beaches , and the Corniche not allowed
  • Travel and return policy to continue as is

South African variant behind spike in COVID-19 cases says doctor Al Khal

“The latest development in this pandemic of the circulation of the South African variant, has meant we are once again moving quickly to further increase restrictions. Despite our strict quarantine policy that is in place for all travellers, the South African variant has now made its way into the community, meaning we have both the UK and South African variants circulating” said doctor Al Khal.

He went on to say “we have not reached the peak yet, and it’s worth noting that most of the infections in this wave are among citizens and residents with white collar jobs, and among their families”. Doctor Al Khal singled out family visits as the biggest cause of infections.

Qatar achieves one millionth vaccination milestone

The ministry of public health yesterday announced the administration of the one millionth COVID-19 vaccination dose in Qatar. Baby Manalo a 42 year old Filipino Qatar resident yesterday visited the Al Waab Health Centre and received the one millionth COVID-19 vaccination dose to be administered since the start of the National COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Qatar Airways new engine facility inaugurated

The inauguration of the new 9,000 square foot engine facility located in Qatar Airways’ technical maintenance complex, was part of Qatar Airways’ vision of lowering maintenance costs by more than 2.2 million U.S. dollars a year , to support the carriers growth despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qatar’s weather today

Doha will see temperatures between 19 and 34 degrees. Elsewhere in the country it will be between 17 and 35 degrees.

Now today’s COVID update.

In the last 24-hour period, there have been 940 new cases of COVID-19 and 527 recoveries. Unfortunately, there were also 8 Covid related deaths. Which means there’s been an increase of 405 cases giving us a new current total of 18,401 active cases.

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