Covid-19 restrictions in Qatar extended for August 2021
The Ministry of Public Health confirmed on Thursday that Phase 3 of the Gradual Lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue in August.
“The Ministry continues to monitor key performance metrics to ensure a balance between maintaining population safety on the one hand and restoring social and economic life to normal on the other,” the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) stated in a statement.
The news comes only one day before Phase 4 is set to go live on Friday. Phase 4 of the Gradual Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions was planned to begin on July 30, 2021, according to the original plans.
While the reason for the extension is unknown, it comes just one day after health officials reported more than 200 daily Covid-19 cases on Wednesday.
A total of 117 new cases were discovered in the local population, while 108 new cases were identified among travelers returning from abroad.
According to the MOPH, one death was also reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 601.
This is the first increase in weeks, with official numbers indicating less than 100 daily positive cases up until Wednesday.
On Thursday, though, the number of cases appeared to drop once again, with 158 instances reported in the previous 24 hours. The total number of active cases currently stands at 1,810.
The Ministry also urged all those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination but have not yet received it to do so as soon as possible so that they can protect themselves, their families, and society from the disease’s hazards and contribute to a quick return to normal life.
More than half of Qatar’s population, aged 16 and up, has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the ministry’s latest figures, which show that over 1.6 million people have been properly vaccinated.
Meanwhile, 98.6% of individuals aged 60 and up received the first dosage, with 93.5 percent of this age group having been fully vaccinated.
3,752,281 vaccine doses have been delivered since the start of the country’s National Vaccination Campaign. In recent months, the country has increased its covid-19 vaccination campaign, administering almost 2,000 doses every day to safeguard the safety of the people