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COVID-19 cases in Qatar to stabilise in coming few days: Health official

Tribune News Network

Doha

The number of new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported daily in Qatar is likely to start stabilising in the coming few days, a top health official has said.

“There are several reasons for the rise in new coronavirus cases. And one of the top reason is the increase in the number tests conducted in our laboratories. On Sunday, we conducted the highest number of tests -- about 6, 000. On Saturday, we conducted about 4,000 tests,” Sheikh Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Thani, Director of the Public Health Department at the Ministry of Public Health, said.

“In the past, we used to examine 1,500 cases daily. The number of new cases is high today because we conducted more tests,” he said, adding that on Saturday the number of new cases jumped to 250 from 128 the day before.

On Sunday, the number just increased by 20 as compared to Saturday, he added.

“On Monday, the number of new cases is likely to be the same as that of Sunday.”

Discipline among the public is very essential in limiting the spread of the virus, he said.

“We currently see that the majority of people are disciplined and we hope that the 1 or 2 percent of undisciplined people abide by the law soon to keep their family and country safe,” he said.

On violations of quarantine guideline, he said, “What is happening is not in the customs and traditions of Qatari people, who are known to keep their promises.”

“If such violations continue, the number of cases may increase and multiply, but if everyone commits, the whole world will be surprised by the achievement of Qatar, and how a disciplined country managed to contain the disease that no one should underestimate,” he noted.

“We are proud that the number of volunteers is between 30,000 and 35,000, and we are training them now,” he said.

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