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Dubai: Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday announced 608 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 7141.

The ministry also reported the death of a 55-year-old expatriate resident, who was tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital on March 23. This brings total fatalities to10.

It announced 75 new recoveries, pushing the total number of recovered patients to 689. A total of 70,012 people has been tested so far.

Most of the new positive cases are related to expatriate workers while the other infected people were in contact with the previously diagnosed patients.

They are under quarantine receiving the necessary treatment.

The ministry said that the remarkable increase in the number of the confirmed new cases is attributed to several reasons, including the rise in the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which has started to peak.

The new infections are expected to continue to increase before they begin to gradually decline.

The ministry also attributed the rise to the increasing PCR tests and intensified efforts to for infections through intensive and proactive testing of groups of peoples who had been in contact with the previously confirmed cases, thereby contributing to the early detection of many new cases and further reduction of the spread of the virus.