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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. Qatar's Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that it will operate drive through swabbing hubs at three health centres for two days, for a community based survey on COVID-19. The ministry has also clarified that participants of the test will be randomly selected based on age, gender and ethnicity and participation is entirely voluntary. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Qatar has confirmed another 1,742 new Coronavirus cases (Covid-19) in the past 24 hours, while two people have died and 1,481 others have fully recovered, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Tuesday.

This brings the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Qatar to 47,207 while there have been 11,844 recoveries overall, leaving 35,335 active cases under treatment. So far 28 people died from the coronavirus in Qatar.

The ministry revealed it has conducted 3,927 new COVID-19 tests in last 24 hours, taking the total tests done so far to 196,411 tests.

Over the last 24 hours, 19 people were admitted to intensive care due to the virus, bringing the total number of cases in intensive care to 205.

The ministry noted that the two new deaths recorded today belong to people aged 58 and 60 years old, who were suffering from chronic diseases and received treatment in intensive care.

The ministry highlighted that Qatar is still in the peak phase of the virus outbreak, which is seeing a rise in the number of infections recorded daily, and therefore it is necessary to adhere to, more than ever before, the preventive measures and social measures recommended.

It also stressed the importance for the elderly or those suffering from chronic diseases and their family members to follow strict measures to reduce the chances of infection, including refraining from social visits during Eid Al Fitr and beyond.

The first coronavirus case in Qatar was confirmed on February 27, but the number of cases began to rise more steeply from mid-March onwards, beginning with the announcement of 238 new cases in a single day on March 11.