55-year-old dies of Covid-19 as active cases cross 12,000 on March 16

Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 479 new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) and 345 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people recovered in Qatar to 158,853. Out of 479 new cases, 430 are community cases and 49 from travellers returning from abroad. A 55-year-old patient succumbed to the virus taking the total death toll in Qatar due to Covid-19 to 268. There are 149 cases of hospital admissions in the last 24 hours taking the total number of patients in the hospital to 989. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases recorded in Qatar is 171,212 and there are 12,091 active cases under treatment.

5,915 people were tested for the first time in the last 24 hours (9,516 tests in total) taking the total tests done so far to 1,635,175 tests. 15 were admitted to intensive care in the last 24 hours, and so 128 people continue to receive medical attention in ICU. What you can do With the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures: - Adherence to physical distancing. - Avoid close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where other people congregate. - Wearing a face mask - Washing hands regularly. Anyone suffering from COVID-19 symptoms should contact 16000 helpline immediately. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.

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