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Qatar Covid-19 cases expected to increase for some time; majority have only mild symptoms: Official

The number of daily Covid-19 cases in Qatar continues to increase and this is expected to continue for some time. Most countries around the world are seeing a steeper rise in daily numbers before they see a levelling off. This was disclosed by Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, Co-Chair of the National Pandemic Preparedness Committee and Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation, during a press conference held by the Ministry of Public Health this evening.

While the number of cases continues to increase, it is encouraging that the percentage of critically ill/deceased is very low. The overwhelming majority of people with COVID-19 in Qatar experience only mild, flu-like symptoms and make a full recovery, Dr Al Khal.

This week a significant milestone was reached with 1,000 patients having fully recovered a number that will continue to increase. The preventive measures such as physical distancing have not stopped the spread of the virus but they have reduced the speed of the spread and enabled the healthcare system to provide high-quality care to patients who require intense medical treatment, he added.

The healthcare sector has rapidly activated significant capacity to house COVID-19 patients in suitable facilities and has capacity for many more if needed. Life will return to normal as soon as it is safe to do so-but this will be a gradual return. Only when we are certain that we are past the peak of the virus in Qatar can we begin to consider removing some of the restrictions that are currently in place. It is essential that people continue to play their part and follow preventive recommendations, he concluded.

Majority of the corona virus (Covid-19) infected persons in Qatar fall in the 25 to 34-year-old age group. This was shown in a slide during the press conference.

36.79% of the cases belong to this age group while 35-44 year olds are the next biggest group with 29.61% of the cases.

The least number are in the 0-4 and 65+ age groups, 1% and 1.32 % respectively.

The other age group and percentages are 5-14 - 1.65%, 15-24 -11.42 %, 45-54 - 13.59 % and 55-64 is 4.66%.  

The chart also shows that 91 percent of the cases are males and 9 percent females.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar


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