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Cabinet decides to continue Qatar's current COVID-19 measures

  • Jul 28, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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Doha
Qatar's Cabinet on Wednesday decided to continue the measures currently in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country is currently in the third phase of lifting the pandemic restriction, with the fourth-phase rollout slated for July 30.
The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) began the four-phase plan for the gradual lifting of restrictions on May 28, with each phase incrementally easing curbs.
The phase 3, which began in July 9 after phase 2 on June 18, saw capacity increases in several areas, and children being allowed in places where they were previously not, such as theatres and souqs. A new travel and return policy was announced later, allowing fully-vaccinated travellers to enter the country without quarantine.
The fourth phase was meant to be a return to normal. However, the Ministry of Public Health had warned that the restrictions could be re-imposed or phases delayed if COVID-19 cases started going up.
Qatar is witnessing an uptick in new COVID-19 cases, which crossed 200 for the first time in many weeks on Wednesday.
The Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, considered the topics on the agenda as follows:
First - Approval of:
1. Draft law regulating travel and air freight offices.
2. Draft decision of the Minister of Transport and Communications on determining the fees for issuing and renewing licenses for travel and air freight offices.
3- Draft decision of the president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation on determining the specifications of the headquarters of the activities of travel offices and air cargo offices.
The draft law aims to keep pace with the development in this sector and in line with the requirements of international organizations.
The draft law included provisions, including: conditions and procedures for licensing and renewing it for travel and air freight offices, regulating the safe transportation of hazardous materials, classifying air travel offices, travel and air freight offices obligations, and conditions and obligations for granting licenses to international distribution system companies.
Second: Approval of a draft decision of the Minister of Transport and Communications regarding controls and fees for services related to Qatari Internet domains, to replace Resolution of the Minister of Transport and Communications No. (27) of 2017 regarding controls and fees for services related to Qatari Internet domains.
Third: Approval of a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the fields of tourism and business activities between Qatar Tourism in the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Culture and Sports in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Fourth: Approval of Qatar’s hosting of the 12th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers in the Islamic World 2021 via video conference.
Fifth: Approval of participation in the second session of the Qatari-Ukrainian joint committee for economic, commercial and technical cooperation in Kiev from Aug.31 to Sep.2, 2021.
Sixth: The Cabinet reviewed the works of the 55th regular session of the Council of Arab Health Ministers held virtually in May 2021.