Coronavirus: Qatar reports 1,491 new cases, one death over past 24 hours

A health worker, wearing personal protective equipment, collects a swab sample from a man at a drive-thru testing service for COVID-19 coronavirus in the Qatari capital Doha. (AFP)

Qatar reported 1,491 new coronavirus cases and one fatality over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 30,481, according to the health ministry.

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As the country's cases continue to increase, its death toll has remained low with only 16 fatalities reported to date. Qatar has also seen increasing recoveries daily with 966 new recoveries, raising the total to 6,600 so far.

The health ministry has administered 4,255 tests over the past 24 hours and 170,437 total since the virus was first detected in the country.


Qatar currently has the second highest number of cases in the GCC region despite its smaller population of only 2.76 million.

The first case in the country was confirmed on February 27, but the number of cases began to rise more steeply from mid-March onwards, beginning with the announcement of 238 new cases in a single day on March 11.

Many of the cases are believed to be within crowded labor camps for migrant workers, according to media reports. As well as implementing standard restrictions on contact including closing shops and stopping Friday Prayers, Qatar has also locked down the “Industrial Area” where many migrant workers are confined.

Al Arabiya English's Tommy Hilton contributed to this report.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 16:27 - GMT 13:27
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