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143 test positive as virus claims life of 58-year-old

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar on Thursday recorded 143 new COVID-19 cases — 89 from within the community and 54 among travellers returning from abroad .
The Ministry of Public Health also reported 178 recoveries. With this, the active cases in Qatar dropped to 2,406 while the total recoveries jumped to 216,301. In the last 24 hours, the virus claimed the life of a 58-year-old, raising the total number of deaths so far to 574.
As many as 19,015 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the last 24 hours, bringing the total doses given out so far to 2,748,452.
Current COVID-19 Status
 Every day, hundreds of people are becoming sick due to the COVID-19 with many requiring admission to hospital to manage their symptoms.
 Since 1 February, the number of people with COVID-19 admitted to hospital has doubled.
 Qatar’s strict quarantine policy for returning travelers enabled us to delay the introduction of new variants into this country for several months but we are now seeing positive COVID-19 cases in the region and in Qatar with the new variants from the United Kingdom.
 This new variant is much more contagious and spread more easily between people than the existing strain and may be associated with increased severity of disease
 The good news is that the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines being used in our vaccination program are effective against the new variants
 The pace of the vaccination program means that there is finally hope of a gradual return to normal for us here in Qatar and people around the world. But this will not happen in the next few weeks or months.

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