• New minimum wage law comes into force
  • 13 companies join the GAC’s economic programme
  • Vaccine efficacy likely to last for a year or more
  • Two vaccines in use effective against new variants says the MoPH
  • Active cases of COVID-19 up by 180 to 12,819

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#Doha #Qatar #News in 60 Seconds – Sunday 21st March 2021 S1E309

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It’s Sunday 21st March

In today’s newspapers

New minimum wage law comes into force

The new minimum wage law came into force yesterday for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, as Qatar becomes the first country in the region to adopt a non-discriminatory minimum wage.

Qatar has introduced a new minimum wage of 1,000 riyals per month. An employer must additionally provide 500 riyals per month for accommodation and 300 riyals per month for food, unless these facilities are already provided by the employer.

The minimum wage covers employees across all sectors, including domestic workers.

13 companies join the GAC’s Economic P rogramme

About 13 Qatari companies have joined the ‘Authorised Economic Operator Programme’, of the General Authority of Customs. The programme provides companies with additional concessions and trade facilities. So far 13 companies have joined the programme and there are a further three companies that have submitted their application which are under study.

Companies must have been operational for three years or more, must have an acceptable and approved financial system, and must be without customs violations during the last three years.

Advantages include reduced customs restrictions, inspection procedures and checks on shipments, along with the quick release of incoming and outgoing goods.

Vaccine efficacy likely to last for a year or more

An infectious disease expert at Qatar Foundation Says that COVID-19 vaccine immunity could last for a year or more. Provided there are no new variants that may escape this immunity.

Two vaccines in use effective against new variants says the Ministry of Public Health

The new variants are much more contagious and spread much more easily between people than the existing strain. And may be associated with an increased severity of the disease. The good news is that the Pfizer Biontech and Moderna vaccines being used in Qatar’s vaccination programme, are effective against the new variants.

Qatar’s weather today

The Met Office have issued a warning that there’s expected to be  strong winds in some places today. So watch out for blowing dust that normally accompanies strong winds.

Doha will see temperatures between 22 and 33 degrees. Elsewhere in Qatar it will be between 18 and 32 degrees.

Now today’s COVID update.

In the last 24-hour period, there have been 509 new cases of COVID-19 and 328 recoveries. Unfortunately, there was also 1 Covid related death. Which means there’s been an increase of 180 cases giving us a new current total of 12,819 active cases.

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