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Qatar has announced halting services at government offices in the evening, starting from Sunday (tomorrow) until further notice as part of the country’s new measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Image Credit: Supplied

Cairo: Qatar has announced halting services at government offices in the evening, starting from Sunday (tomorrow) until further notice as part of the country’s new measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Qatar so far has recorded a total of 188,100 coronavirus cases and 324 deaths amid an alarming rise in infection rates.

The Ministry of Development and Labour said its decision to curtail services to the public at government complexes runs in line with the latest restrictions.

Last week, the Qatari government imposed a set of coronavirus-related curbs including reducing government employees’ attendance at the workplaces by 50 per cent, except those working in the military, security and health sectors.

Mosques open

The restrictions went into effect on Friday. They keep mosques open for the daily and weekly group prayers, while confining the performance of the voluntary tarawih prayer associated with the holy month of Ramadan to home.

Other restrictions include shutting down cinemas, theatres, barber shops, beauty salons, museums and public libraries. Gatherings at gardens and beaches are banned.

Boat and yacht services are also suspended as capacity of public transport is reduced to reach 20 per cent of their normal capacity and the service is suspended on Fridays and Saturdays.