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The Qatar Cabinet has announced new restrictions as the number of COVIDs continues to grow-Doha News

In global concerns about the highly contagious variant of Omicron, the numbers show that Qatar is at stake for another COVID wave.

The Qatar Cabinet has announced new restrictions that will come into effect on Friday, December 31, as the country witnesses a dramatic surge in cases of COVID-19.

The Ministerial Meeting met on Wednesday at Amiri Diwan, chaired by Qatar’s Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Harifa bin Abdulaziz al-Tani.

Among the main discussions during the conference was a marked increase in infections nationwide amid concerns about the spread of new and more contagious variants of Covid-19 and public negligence.

The new rules require that all people wear masks indoors and outdoors, except those who exercise outdoors or with certain medical conditions.

Conferences, exhibitions and events will continue to be permitted in Qatar unless 90% of the participants are fully vaccinated, 75% in open spaces and 50% in closed places. Those who do not take the entire course of the Covid-19 vaccine must show a negative PCR or RAT test to be hospitalized.

The Cabinet said that prior approval from the Ministry of Public Health is required to hold public events.

Authorities urged the public to comply with the requirements and precautions set by the Ministry of Health.

“The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Public Health, and other government agencies (within their respective jurisdictions) shall take the necessary steps in this regard to ensure compliance with health requirements and prescribed precautions and measures.” Said.

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This week, and since the end of Qatar’s major sporting and cultural events Report daily The number of cases of Covid-19 is increasing.

On Wednesday, MoPH reported 443 new cases. This is the highest since August of this year.

In the past year alone, Qatar has hosted more than 10 tournaments, including the FIFA Arab Cup, GCC Aquatic Championship, Formula 1 and the ATP Qatar Tennis Tournament. The tournament attracted thousands of visitors to Qatar, led to a full-capacity stadium, with little or no social distance.

The country has also hosted several social events over the past two months, including international food festivals, air balloon festivals, live concerts, and National Foundation Day celebrations.

However, Qatar health officials said earlier this month that the increase in infection rates in Qatar was due to “people’s negligence” that gave up the Covid-19 measures set by the authorities.

Authorities also called on people who could take a third dose as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of an outbreak and the reimbursement of stricter restrictions.

To control the crisis Announced by health authorities That pPeople living in Qatar Booster shot At a designated healthcare center without prior reservation.

To date, 254,963 Covid-19 booster vaccines have been administered, and the number continues to grow.

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