Qatar reports 44 new coronavirus cases, total at 634 cases, one death

Qatari police stand outside a hotel in Doha as a medical worker walks alongside people wearing protective masks over fears of coronavirus, on March 12, 2020. (AFP)

Qatar reported on Sunday 44 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of cases in the country to 634, according to the health ministry.

The ministry said some of the 44 new cases were related to travel, and others were due to contact with previous cases who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The ministry added that three cases recovered, brining the total number of recovered cases to 48.

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Qatar announced on Saturday it’s first coronavirus fatality in 57-year-old Bangladeshi who suffered from chronic diseases.

Preventative measures to combat the spread of COVID-19

On Friday, Qatar closed all non-vital businesses until further notice as part of the country’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus, according to a government spokesperson, adding that vital sectors like supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.

The government decided last week to shut down all shops and bank branches in shopping malls, except for food stores and pharmacies, in addition to closing down part of the Industrial Area for 14 days as part of measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

Salons, barber shops, spas at hotels and retail shops are also part of the two-week closure.

The government also closed mosques and suspended communal religious prayers, including Friday prayers.

It also banned serving food in restaurants and cafes, allowing only delivery services and takeaway, and halted all forms of public transport.

Anti-coronavirus measures in the economic and financial sectors

Qatar's Emir also announced last week several measures to shield the economic and financial sectors in the country from the impact of the coronavirus.

These include a QR 75 billion ($20.6 billion) stimulus package for the economy, a directive to government funds to increase their investments in the stock exchange by $2.75 billion, and an order for the central bank to provide increased liquidity.

Sectors including hospitality and tourism were also exempted from electricity and water fees for six months.

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