Qatar reports second coronavirus death, 88 new cases, total at 710

A couple sit on foldable seats along the promenade of the Doha corniche in the Qatari capital on March 16, 2020. (AFP)

Qatar confirmed on Tuesday its second death as a result of the novel coronavirus while reporting 88 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 710 after 11 patients recovered from the virus, according to the country’s Ministry of Public Health.

“The Ministry of Public Health announces that it has conducted a scan to detect the coronavirus on 2,291 people today which showed the significant rise in the number of new cases due to the use of new and advanced equipment, which contributed to the faster detection of infected cases and the reduction of virus outbreaks,” the state-run Qatar News Agency reported citing the health ministry.

Qatar’s health officials said that the second death recorded was identified after a male resident, 58, died after also suffering from chronic diseases.

Officials also said the total number of recoveries from the virus reached 62 as of Tuesday.

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Qatar's preventative measures to combat the spread of COVID-19

Qatar has closed all non-vital businesses until further notice as part of the country’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Vital sectors like supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.

The government also 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.

Mosques and communal religious prayers, including Friday prayers, have also been suspended.

The Emirate has also announced 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.

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