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Spokesperson of Supreme Committee for Crisis Management Announces New Decisions to Reduce Spread of Coronavirus in Qatar

Doha, March 17 (QNA) - HE Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management Lolwah bint Rashid bin Mohammed Al Khater, announced a set of new decisions that come to complement the preventive and precautionary measures implemented by the State of Qatar to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19):

First: Closing part of the industrial area that starts from Street No. 1 to Street No. 32, for a period of two weeks, which can be renewed, starting from March 17, after discovering a number of cases, which are subject to quarantine, and this decision came to the safety of the residents of the area through continued examination procedures, and to prevent other areas from virus spread.

Her Excellency stressed in a press conference held by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management this evening, that this will not affect the daily needs of the residents of this area, as coordination has been done with the concerned companies to provide the daily needs of their workers and pay their salaries on the usual dates, in addition to the coordination between the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor, Social Affairs and Qatar Charity, to provide more support such as distributing masks, sterilizers, and other needs.

Her Excellency pointed out that the concerned authorities such as the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Public Health are working to ensure the continuity of work, in a way that does not affect vital projects.

Second: Closing retail stores and bank branches in the commercial complexes and shopping centers, with the exception of shops and food outlets and pharmacies.

Third: Closing shops and all activities of men and women salons, until further notice, and stopping the home services provided by some of these salons.

Fourth: Stopping the activities of health clubs in hotels, according to the circulars issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, until further notice.

Her Excellency also affirmed that the quarantine decision on all citizens coming to the State of Qatar from any destination in the world immediately after their arrival for a period of 14 days, came to preserve the safety of all and the safety of travelers themselves before others, as this decision immediately preceded the discovery of three cases of Qataris coming from the United Kingdom, Spain and Switzerland, which necessitated the immediate implementation of the quarantine decision directly and without delay in order to preserve the safety of all.

Her Excellency said that all Qataris can return to their homeland without specifying that in a period of time.

Her Excellency announced three new cases infected with the virus (Covid-19) from arrivals, (two of them are from the same group in the quarantine), and the third is a new case in the community and works as a driver in a house, explaining that the infected are in a good and stable health condition and receive the necessary medical care in quarantine.

Her Excellency reaffirmed the importance of not leaving the house except for necessity and maintaining the appropriate distance when dealing with the elderly and people suffering from chronic diseases, in order to preserve their security and safety.

Her Excellency also called on everyone to avoid social gatherings during the next two weeks, a period that is considered very crucial, noting the role of individuals and families in spreading awareness and canceling many occasions for public interest.

In this context, Her Excellency praised the society in the State of Qatar, Qataris and residents for their awareness and concern for taking preventive measures to protect themselves and their community from the spread of the virus.

Her Excellency added that the people who withstood the crisis in 2017 and surpassed it steadily will surpass this crisis, by cohesion and unity.

Her Excellency stressed that the State of Qatar has followed the principle of transparency with the local and international communities since the beginning of this crisis, by announcing all cases, their numbers and health conditions, and announced all the measures taken to limit the spread of the epidemic.

Her Excellency reaffirmed that the State of Qatar will do its utmost to limit the spread of the virus and take all the necessary required decisions, pointing out that this effort requires the solidarity of all individuals, institutions and sectors, and not tolerating the epidemic.

Her Excellency explained that the decisions announced today and the precautionary measures may be subject to other updates based on the current situation in the interest of the safety of society, "My safety is your safety, and your safety is my safety." (MORE)