• Return to full lockdown best way to stem virus spread
  • People above 40 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, says MoPH
  • Don’t go to QNCC without an appointment says MoPH
  • Active cases of COVID-19 up by 305 to 15,211

It’s Wednesday 31st March

In today’s newspapers

Return to full lockdown best way to stem virus spread

A Qatari health official has called for a full lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus as the country continues to report an increasing number of infections on a daily basis, according to Al Jazeera.

“A full lockdown such as what we had last summer where the roads were empty and people worked from home is the best way to stem the spread of the virus ”, the website quoted Doctor Ahmed Al Mohammed the Acting Chairman of Hamad Medical Corporation  Intensive Care Units, as having told Qatar TV.

“As long as people continue to interact with one another, attend workplaces, and gather at events, the virus will continue to spread. We did not witness such numbers at the peak of the first wave.”

According to him Qatar was witnessing a peak in the number of cases since the first wave, including a reportedly large number of infections among children under the age of 14. “The number of cases in intensive care units in February was 53. We now have more than 300 cases” Mohammed said.

People above 40 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, says the Ministry of Public Health

The eligible group now includes people aged 40 years and above regardless of their health conditions, people with moderate chronic medical conditions, and additional healthcare professionals and other key workers in different ministries and industries, including teachers and administration staff in education.

Don’t go to QNCC without an appointment says the Ministry of Public Health

Covid-19 vaccine is given only to people who have received invitations to get inoculated, and who have met the criteria set forth in the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme. The ministry said in a press statement yesterday that it followed up on what happened earlier at the Qatar National Convention centre, and the severe overcrowding there after a large number of people arrived at the same time to get vaccinated without prior appointments.

Qatar’s weather today

Doha will see temperatures between 20 and 34 degrees. Elsewhere in the country it will be between 18 and 33 degrees.

Now today’s COVID update.

In the last 24-hour period, there have been 720 new cases of COVID-19 and 412 recoveries. Unfortunately, there were also 3 Covid related deaths. Which means there’s been an increase of 305 cases giving us a new current total of 15,211 active cases.

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