The COVID-19 Qatar National Response Plan sets out the actions required to ensure that the health, well-being and prosperity of Qatar’s people are protected by taking action to prepare for, monitor, respond and recover from any outbreak of COVID-19.
Action taken under the National Response Action Plan has been timely, proportionate and effective. There has been a low number of deaths; and sufficient healthcare capacity has been available to treat all of those who are infected.
This response continues through evidence-based and controlled management of COVID-19 restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the people, society and economy of Qatar.
Whole Government Approach
COVID-19 restrictions affect the whole of society, and require a whole Government approach, with national coordination and decision-making. Well evidenced decisions are implemented in a carefully coordinated timetable with strict monitoring and reporting.
Government Ministries and other National bodies lead their sectors. They are responsible for ensuring a continuing response to Covid-19 while devising and implementing their detailed sector plans to manage the introduction, lifting, and in some cases re-imposition of restrictions.
Lifting of Restrictions Plan
Restrictions imposed were gradually lifted in four phases in accordance with a set timetable. Decisions to initiate phases were informed by meeting pre-defined evidential criteria and the consideration of wider factors. The order of lifting reflected a balance between the continuing protection of the public and the restoration of social and economic life.
The plan is based on an evaluation of the relative healthcare risks and societal and economic benefits. It considers wide cross-Government consultations and the evaluated experience of other countries.
COVID-19 Restrictions Re-escalation Plan
A COVID-19 re-escalation plan is in place to ensure readiness in case there is a need to re-impose certain restrictions to control the spread of the virus in the community. The plan consists of 4 tiers, starting with activities that impose the highest risk in tier one, and moving to activities will less risk in the following tiers. The plan also relies on a defined set of health criteria, which indicate the need to escalate from one tier to the next.