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Coronavirus: Qatar reports 1,716 new COVID-19 cases, four new deaths

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Qatar reported 1,716 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total in the country to 73,595, according to the Ministry of Health.

Health authorities also reported four new deaths, bringing the death toll to 66.

Qatar will start lifting coronavirus restrictions in its cities under a four-phase plan starting on June 15, when some mosques will be allowed to reopen, government spokeswoman Lulwa Rashed al-Khater said on Monday.

She told a news conference the second phase of easing the lockdown would start on July 1, the third on Aug. 1 and the fourth on Sept. 1.

The second phase will allow a partial opening of restaurants and the third will permit the resumption of flights from low-risk countries and the reopening of shopping malls and markets with limited capacity. The fourth will allow wedding parties, business gatherings such as exhibitions, and the reopening of theaters and cinemas, she said.

- With Reuters