Qatar Records Increased Covid Cases Amid a Third Wave

Qatar’s Head of Covid-19 Vaccination Dr Soha al-Bayat. [Photo: The Peninsula]

Qatar is currently witnessing the start of a third Covid-19 wave.

According to Health officials, the spike in cases has been fuelled by the Omicron variant.

“Most of the new COVID-19 cases are related to the Omicron variant,” said head of vaccination at the Ministry of Public Health Dr Soha al-Bayat.

The health official noted that the primary available information, Omicron is a fast spreader however the symptoms are mild or moderate without any serious complications.

“The cases have been rising in the country since November, however a significant spike was seen in the last two weeks,” she further said.

Qatar has reported more than 252,000 Covid-19 cases, including 618 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

This comes days after Qatar announced new restrictions, including a directive to wear a mask indoors and outdoors.

The country has however administered more than five million vaccine doses, following the launch of  a booster campaign.

The government has now urged people to take booster vaccine shots as most of the cases referred to hospitals are of persons who have not taken the vaccine or those who took the two doses more than 6 months ago.

She also affirmed that the rapid antigen test has proven to be 80 percent accurate and is available in all health centers.

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