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  • More support for COVID-hit sectors
  • 81% of over 60’s I’ve received at least one vaccine jab
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women can take vaccine
  • Amir pardons prisoners on the occasion of Ramadan
  • Quarantine facilities host 90,000 guests in March
  • Active cases of COVID-19 up by 375 to 21,227

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#Doha #Qatar #News in 60 Seconds – Thursday 15th April 2021 S02E06

It’s Thursday 15th April

On today’s front pages

More support for COVID-hit sectors

Electricity and water fees will be exempt until the end of September for sectors that have been closed by the pandemic. And the National Guarantees Programme has also extended until the end of September.

81% of over 60’s have received at least one vaccine jab

says the Ministry of Public Health

Pregnant and breastfeeding women can take vaccine

Pregnant women who have chronic medical conditions that could further increase their risk for severe COVID-19, as well as those whose work puts them at increased risk of getting infected, should consider taking the vaccine, advises Qatar’s National Health Strategy Lead for Healthy Women Leading to Healthy Pregnancies.

Amir pardons prisoners on the occasion of Ramadan

Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued yesterday an Amiri gesture pardoning a number of prisoners, on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

Quarantine facilities host 90,000 guests in March

In March almost 90,000 guests were accommodated in designated quarantine facilities, more than double the number of that in previous months, Discover Qatar said yesterday.

Qatar’s weather today

The Met officer have put out a warning to expect thundery rain associated with strong winds in some places at times. Doha will see temperatures between 27 and 35 degrees. Elsewhere in the country it will be between 21 and 38 degrees.

Now today’s COVID update.

In the last 24-hour period, there have been 984 new cases of COVID-19 and 601 recoveries. Unfortunately, there were also 8 Covid related deaths. Which means there’s been an increase of 375 cases giving us a new current total of 21,227 active cases.

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  • No indoor gatherings except for family members
  • New COVID-19 field hospital opens it Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital
  • QNTC signs MoU with Mowasalat to train drivers in service excellence
  • Active cases of COVID-19 up by 383 to 20,852

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#Doha #Qatar #News in 60 Seconds – Wednesday 14th April 2021 S02E05

It’s Wednesday 14th April

In today’s newspapers

No indoor gatherings except for family members says the Ministry of Public Health

The Ministry of Public Health has clarified the guidelines on gatherings, it said in a Tweet yesterday that “no indoor gatherings are permitted apart from families living in the same house”. The clarification came following the announcement of additional restrictions last Wednesday as part of the COVID-19 preventative measures. “an individual, or family (including children) from the same household, can go to parks, beaches and public spaces and engage in activities including running, walking, swimming, and cycling. But they cannot sit down together, have picnics, or gather with others”.

Outdoor gatherings are permitted only within the outdoor home environment, meaning gardens and outdoor home areas, for the following:

  • Gatherings of family members living in the same household.
  • Gatherings of up to five fully vaccinated individuals at least 14 days after their second dose.

The Ministry of Public Health has stressed that it is more important than ever that people adhere to the COVID-19 preventative measures.

New COVID-19 field hospital opens it Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital

The second phase of the new field hospital at Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, which provides an additional 100 acute beds to care for COVID-19 patients opened yesterday. The new field hospital is a permanent structure made from entirely locally sourced and engineered materials and will also provide additional surge capacity for patients in the event of future pandemics or emergencies.

Qatar National Tourism Council signs MoU with Mowasalat to train drivers in service excellence

The memorandum of understanding aims to train staff to excel in service and enhance their knowledge of the destinations offerings.

Qatar National Tourism Council and Mowasalat which is also known as Karwa, have developed trainings which will be given to over 6,000 Karwa drivers over the coming months. Enabling them to act as ambassadors, providing information on Qatar’s culture and tourism highlights while offering excellent customer service.  

Qatar’s weather today

The Met officer have put out a warning to expect thundery rain associated with strong winds in some places at times. Doha will see temperatures between 25 and 34 degrees. Elsewhere in the country it will be between 22 and 33 degrees.

Now today’s COVID update.

In the last 24-hour period, there have been 981 new cases of COVID-19 and 593 recoveries. Unfortunately, there were also 5 Covid related deaths. Which means there’s been an increase of 383 cases giving us a new current total of 20,852 active cases.

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  • Shura council approves draught law on compulsory health insurance
  • 98.4% of vaccinated people are safe from COVID-19
  • QNCC to remain open from 9am to 1am for vaccinations
  • Active cases of COVID-19 up by 412 to 20,469

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#Doha #Qatar #News in 60 Seconds – Tuesday 13th April 2021 S02E04

It’s Thuesday 13th April

In today’s newspapers

Shura council approves draught law on compulsory health insurance

According to the draught law, health insurance is mandatory to ensure the provision of basic healthcare services to expatriates and visitors to the country. Issuance and renewal of visas and residence permits for expatriates and visitors will be conditioned on submitting proof of holding health insurance for the duration of the stay. The draught law provides for medical treatment to beneficiaries in emergency situations without requiring them to pay anything until the danger is overcome, even if the service provider is not within the beneficiary’s network of service providers.

98.4% of vaccinated people are safe from COVID-19

Says the Medical Director of the Communicable Disease Centre at Hamad Medical Corporation, doctor Muna Al Maslamani. She also says the Moderna and Pfizer Biontech vaccines, are both effective against the new strains from the UK and South Africa, according to these companies’ announcements.

Qatar National Convention Centre to remain open from 9am to 1am for vaccinations

The Ministry of Public Health has announced the working hours for the vaccination campaign during Ramadan, at the Qatar National Convention Centre or QNCC, and drive through centres in Lusail and Al Wakra. The QNCC will be open from 9am until 1am every day of the week, including Fridays and Saturdays. As for the drive through vaccination centres at Lusail and Al Wakra, those centres will operate from 1pm until midnight every day throughout Ramadan with the last entry allowed at 11pm.  

Qatar’s weather today

Doha will see temperatures between 25 and 38 degrees. Elsewhere in the country it will be between 20 and 35 degrees.

Now today’s COVID update.

In the last 24-hour period, there have been 973 new cases of COVID-19 and 559 recoveries. Unfortunately, there were also 2 Covid related deaths. Which means there’s been an increase of 412 cases giving us a new current total of 20,469 active cases.

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  • New Covid vaccination center opens in the Industrial Area today
  • Five hours work a day for civil servants during Ramadan
  • RP non-renewal reports untrue says the Ministry of Interior
  • Active cases of COVID-19 up by 410 to 20,057

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It’s Monday 12th April

In today’s newspapers

New Covid vaccination centre opens in the Industrial Area today

The industrial area facility becomes the 4th specialist COVID-19 vaccination centre in the country. With more than 120 vaccination stations, the centre will cater for people living and working in the Industrial Area and its surroundings. It will operate from 7am in the morning until 7pm in the evening six days a week, and will operate on a strict invite only basis. Vaccinations also continue in 27 health centres, the QNCC, and the drive through points at Lusail and Al Wakra.

Five hours work a day for civil servants during Ramadan

The official working hours during the holy month for civil servants will be 5 hours a day starting from 9am until 2pm.

RP non-renewal reports untrue says the Ministry of Interior

The Ministry of Interior has clarified that rumours regarding the non- renewal of residency permits for those above the age of 45 years old are not correct. “Please follow the official social media handles and stay away from rumours” the MoI tweeted yesterday.

Qatar’s weather today

Doha will see temperatures between 23 and 35 degrees. Elsewhere in the country it will be between 19 and 42 degrees.

And from tomorrow until Thursday there’s a chance of some scattered rain which may sometimes be thundery offshore.

Now today’s COVID update.

In the last 24-hour period, there have been 961 new cases of COVID-19 and 549 recoveries. Unfortunately, there were also 2 Covid related deaths. Which means there’s been an increase of 410 cases giving us a new current total of 20,057 active cases.

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* Qatar’s Labour reforms tangible

* ‘Essential services’ exempted from 50% attendance rule

* Active cases of COVID-19 up by 405 to 19,647

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It’s Sunday 11th April

In today’s newspapers

Qatar’s Labour reforms tangible

The Guardian’s reports on workers deaths is misleading

The calls to boycott the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were based on misleading media reports, Sheikh Thamer bin Hamad Al Thani, the Deputy Director for media affairs of the Government Communications Office has said.

In an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro, Sheikh Thamer said those calling for a boycott ignored the progress Qatar has made in reforming its Labour law and promoting migrant workers’ rights.

He said that it was good to see that in recent weeks, many football associations, NGOs and fan groups have realised that a boycott is not a constructive outcome, explaining that Qatar fully supports footballers and football associations who use their platform to promote human rights.

“Their criticism of the 2022 World Cup, however is misplaced. Qatar has made tangible progress on Labour reforms and has shown its commitment to continue the process in cooperation with its international partners”, Sheikh Thamer added.

During the interview, Sheikh Thamer outlined how reporting from The Guardian claiming 6,500 workers have died working on stadium infrastructure is both misleading and, in his words, “a far cry from reality”. This figure includes all deaths over the past 10 years of residence in Qatar from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal. however, contrary to what the Guardian claims not all of these people were working on construction sites.

“expatriates from these countries also includes students, the elderly, and workers employed in offices, retail shops, schools, and hospitals. Qatar has over 1.4 million expatriates from these countries. Only 20% of them are employed as workers in the construction sector, which accounts for less than 10% of all deaths between 2014 and 2019”.

‘Essential services’ exempted from 50% attendance rule

The Ministry of Commerce and industry has issued a list of establishments and entities exempted from the decision taken in Wednesday’s cabinet meeting with regard to reducing the number of employees in the workplace across the private sector to 50%.

According to an infographic issued by the ministry on its Twitter page yesterday, pharmacy’s and clinics, factories, maintenance companies, food and subsidised supply retail outlets, e-commerce companies, catering companies, telecom companies, companies operating in state run projects, bakeries, financial institutions licenced by Qatar central bank, restaurants for both deliveries and takeaways, petrol stations, logistics services companies and firms operating at sea ports, airports and Customs services.

Qatar’s weather today

Doha will see temperatures between 23 and 34 degrees. Elsewhere in the country it will be between 16 and 39 degrees.

Now today’s COVID update.

In the last 24-hour period, there have been 964 new cases of COVID-19 and 552 recoveries. Unfortunately, there were also 7 Covid related deaths. Which means there’s been an increase of 405 cases giving us a new current total of 19,647 active cases.

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