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30th April 2020



SUMMARY OF KEY MESSAGES 
  • ​The number of daily cases 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 leveling off. 
  • ​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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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​.





SUMMARY OF KEY MESSAGES 
​There are two kinds of COVID-19 tests: 
  1. ​​PCR molecular test: the gold standard test using a swab of the back of the mouth and the top of the nose to determines if someone is COVID-19 positive. 
  2. Serological test: using a finger prick this test delivers rapid results and confirms if someone has been exposed to COVID-19 previously, but does not determine if they are COVID-19 positive.

​ ​​There are three elements of our testing strategy overall: 
  1. Healthcare related testing: provided for people who come to a healthcare setting and display COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Public health testing: 1) Contact tracing – this is where anyone who has had contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive is tested 2) Random sampling – where a sample population area is chosen and people randomly tested. This provides a better understanding of how widespread the virus is. 
  3. People returning from abroad. This has helped successfully identify people coming into the country who are COVID-19 positive 

HMC’s laboratory has significantly increased the number of tests it is able to do each day as well as reducing the time it takes to process test results.


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