It’s Thursday 22nd October, this is the news in 60 seconds

In today’s newspapers

  • Education Ministry makes attendance compulsory on a rotation basis
  • The ban on summertime working hours in the open has extended.
  • Steps prevented 1 million more getting COVID-19 in Qatar

The Education Ministry has ended the option for parents to choose either blended or remote education. And has made attendance compulsory on a rotation basis for all students, from November the 1st.

This ruling applies to students in both government and private schools as well as kindergartens

The average attendance rate has been raised to 42% of capacity

However students with chronic diseases will be excluded from attendance in the first semester

The ban on summertime working hours in the open has extended.

Up until now work under the sun in open workplaces was prohibited from 11:30 AM until 3:00 PM,  from June 15th to August 31st.

The new law stipulates that there can be no work under the sun in open workplaces from 10:00 AM until 3:30 PM which is an extra 2 hours per day. And this will now be in force from the 1st of June Until September 15th annually. Which is approximately an extra 4 weeks.

The amendment improves the health and safety of workers in open spaces that are exposed to high temperatures, that can cause heat and health stress.

Doctor Al Khal says ‘our steps prevented 1 million more getting COVID-19’.

He goes on to say ‘without the restrictions and public health measures put in place when COVID-19 struck, the impact of the virus on Qatar would have been so serious that it would have overwhelmed the nation’s healthcare system’.

And as one of the few government’s that has actually got it right, I think Qatar deserves a round of applause.

Active cases of COVID-19 are up by 38 on yesterday’s figures at 2,892.

36 of those are travellers coming into the country and testing positive. And they are now in quarantine.

In total 6,505 COVID-19 tests were performed. And 4.09% of those tested positive.

Don’t forget to visit our best friends at ‘Hello Qatar’. And get the most out of your time here in Qatar.

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

#Doha #Qatar #News in 60 Seconds – Thursday 22nd   October 2020 S1E185

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