- UK variant behind spike in ICU admissions
- Active cases of COVID-19 up by 326 to 14,906
#Doha #Qatar #News in 60 Seconds – Tuesday 30th March 2021 S1E316
It’s Tuesday 30th March
In today’s newspapers
UK variant behind spike in ICU admissions
The United Kingdom COVID-19 variant has been a significant factor in the recent increase in people admitted to intensive care units at Hamad Medical Corporation according to health officials.
Doctor Ahmed Mohammed the acting chairman of Intensive Care Units within Hamad Medical Corporations says “The new UK variant is more transmissible than the original strain of COVID-19, meaning that it is more easily passed from person to person. But perhaps what’s more worrying is that clinical evidence appears to show that the UK variant can cause more severe illness. People infected with the UK variant are more likely to get very sick, require hospitalisation, admission to intensive care, and sadly have more chances of dying due to serious complications from the virus.”
He went on to say “since the middle of March the number of people receiving lifesaving medical treatment in our intensive care units has more than doubled, and we now have over 280 people with Covid-19 in intensive care. To put this into perspective, at the peak of the first wave in May 2020, we had around 220 patients in intensive care.”
The Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Public Health Sheikh Doctor Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani explained that despite the increased health risks presented by the UK variant, people can still take proactive steps to protect themselves and greatly reduce the chances of them getting infected and becoming sick.
Qatar’s weather today
The Met Office have put out a warning that there will be strong winds today. So you can expect the very dusty conditions that go along with strong winds.
Doha will see temperatures between 21 and 30 degrees. Elsewhere in the country it will be between 19 and 30 degrees.
Now today’s COVID update.
In the last 24-hour period, there have been 690 new cases of COVID-19 and 362 recoveries. Unfortunately, there were also 2 Covid related deaths. Which means there’s been an increase of 326 cases giving us a new current total of 14,906 active cases.
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