A health worker, wearing personal protective equipment, collects a swab sample from a man at a drive-thru testing service for COVID-19 coronavirus in the Qatari capital Doha, on May 7, 2020. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Qatar has reported 1,648 new coronavirus cases, raising the country’s total number of infections to 56,910, the Ministry of Public Health announced on Sunday.

Two more coronavirus related deaths have also been confirmed, taking the total number of fatalities to 38. The deceased are expatriates aged 53 and 77 who died due to medical complications caused by the virus, which is accompanied by chronic diseases.

The ministry revealed the recovery of 4,451 COVID-19 patients over the past 24 hours, bringing the total recovered cases to 30,290.

There are 26,582 active cases still receiving medication at hospitals. The ministry said the total number of tests carried out is 222,096.

Twenty seven cases of the newly diagnosed people are critical and admitted to intensive healthcare due to health complications caused by the COVID-19 virus. The number of patients receiving medical care at intensive care units is now 232.

The ministry said among the new cases are expatriate workers who were in contact with previously infected patients. The new cases were detected through COVID-19 tests that were conducted by epidemiological and investigation teams and contributed to the detection of the new infections.

Qatar is currently at the peak stage of the outbreak of the virus, which usually sees a rise in the number of the daily reported.