Qatar reimposes strict lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge


Sumary of Qatar reimposes strict lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge:

  • Qatar announced the reimposition of strict lockdown measures on Wednesday, banning most indoor activities except retail and work in an effort to contain surging coronavirus cases..
  • Restaurants, cafes, hairdressers, beauty salons, museums, libraries and cinemas will be forced to close from Friday, according to minutes of a cabinet meeting published by official media..
  • Abdullatif al-Khal, Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19, said during a speech on state television..
  • Restaurants can still offer deliveries, while mosques will remain open at set times for five-times daily worship, but authorities ordered additional prayers for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan be conducted at home..
  • Private and public sector workplaces will be limited to 50 percent of capacity and home visits between members of different households remain illegal, according to the minutes published by the official Qatar News Agency..
  • While the country death toll per capita is low, nine percent of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic were during the past week, with authorities blaming the more potent British strain…

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