* Qatar University plans to open branches abroad

* Urgent consultation service a massive success

* Covid prompts smokers to quit in big numbers

* Active cases of COVID-19 up by 154 to 4,067

It’s Tuesday 26th January

In today’s newspapers

Qatar University plans to open branches abroad

Qatar University is planning to establish branches in a number of Asian and African countries. This was announced by Qatar University president Doctor Hassan Rashid al Derham yesterday.

Urgent consultation service a massive success

Hamad Medical Corporation’s urgent consultation service was very well received by the public as it received 197 thousand calls between its launch in March and December 31st last year. With a 95% response rate.

The telephone-based service allows patients to speak to healthcare professionals to obtain appropriate diagnosis for their condition so that necessary actions can be taken without the need to visit a hospital. The service can be accessed by calling the hotline number 16000.

90% of those surveyed recommended that the service remained in place in the future even after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid prompts smokers to quit in big numbers

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a 300% rise in the number of people who wish to quit smoking. Said doctor Jamal Bashi Smoking Cessation Specialist at Hamad Medical Corporations Tobacco Control Centre. “Many smokers started to realise that they are vulnerable as the COVID-19 infection showed more severe symptoms in smokers” he went on to say.

Qatar’s weather today will be Misty to foggy in places at first becoming moderate temperature later with some clouds. It will be cold by tonight.

Doha will see temperatures between 16 and 25 degrees, today’s lowest temperature will be 11 degrees and that’s in Messaid.

Now today’s COVID update.

In the last 24-hour period, active cases of COVID-19 have increased by 154, to 4,067.

9,571 COVID-19 tests were performed, and just 2.89% of those tested positive.

Of those testing positive 18 were travellers who are now in quarantine.

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