Qatar field hospital
A field hospital set up by Qatari authorities to treat people infected with the coronavirus is pictured on May 11, 2020 in Doha. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health has confirmed another 1,754 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total number of infections in the Gulf country to 65,495, it was announced on Friday.

A total of 1,467 COVID-19 patients have fully recovered from the deadly virus, leaving 24,511 active cases under treatment, while four others died of complications that resulted from being infected with the illness. This brings the total number of people recovered in Qatar to 40,935, and the death toll to 49 overall.

The ministry revealed that four patients who died over the last 24 hours were aged 90, 70, 62 and 80 years – all of whom were suffering from chronic diseases, and receiving the necessary medical support in intensive care.

The ministry added that it conducted 5,276 tests in the last 24 hours taking the total tests done so far to 246,362 tests.

Also over the last 24 hours, 18 patients had been admitted to intensive care due to the virus, bringing the total number of patients currently in intensive care to 238 cases.

The ministry affirmed that there has been a small decrease in the number of acute COVID positive patients being admitted to intensive care thanks to the measures taken by the Ministry of Public Health and the concerned authorities to limit the spread of the virus, the most important of which is the early detection of the virus which can contribute significantly to reducing the severity of infection.

The newly confirmed cases have been placed under complete isolation in the various medical facilities in the country, where they receive the necessary healthcare according to the health status of each case.

The ministry noted that efforts to tackle COVID-19 have succeeded in flattening the curve and reducing the impact of the virus mainly through the preventive measures taken and the cooperation of all members of society, and that the number of new hospital admissions is now showing a limited decrease.