With constant updates on a regular basis, it can be hard to keep up with all the new developments in the country. We’ve listed out the most relevant and important measures undertaken by the Qatar government to combat the spread of the virus and ease the burden on its citizens.
Remote healthcare services
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has launched new remote services that include remote access to healthcare services at the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). The new digitised services include scheduling appointments with healthcare providers, receiving virtual consultation and medical advice, obtaining sick leave and getting your medication delivered to your doorstep.
Patients can access PHCC services through telephone and video consultations. Sick leave can be obtained remotely. A new Urgent Consultation Service enables patients with non-life-threatening conditions to speak to a physician remotely.
You can call the hotline on 16000 for more information and a full list of the remote services offered.
A new quarantine compound
A brand-new quarantine complex has been established in Umm Slal and will have 18,000 beds between 32 buildings on completion. Currently, there are 4,000 beds and the compound will have 8,000 beds ready and equipped this week. The complex is fully equipped to ensure comfort, safety, entertainment and healthcare requirements for anyone in quarantine.
Maximum selling prices for fruits and vegetables
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has capped the prices of fruits and vegetables being sold in Qatar at all retail outlets. The full price list can be accessed on MOCI’s Twitter account (@MOCIQatar). Violators will be subject to the penalties stipulated in applicable laws, decisions, and regulations.
Increasing food and consumer goods stock in the country
Qatar has assured all its citizens and residents that there is sufficient food stored and emphasised the importance of avoiding panic buying. Qatar has signed agreements with 14 major food companies in the country to ensure the increase in strategic stock of goods. An electronic management system is also in place to track the food stock. This means that you can relax, and only purchase what you need, without hoarding or panic buying.
As part of the measures to shut down non-essential shops and public spaces, Qatar announced the temporary closure of in-person money exchange and transfer service offices in the country. However, you can still transfer money using online exchange services, mobile applications and Ooredoo Money.
Two temporary hospitals to be built in Qatar
MOPH and the Qatar Armed Forces will establish two temporary medical facilities that will provide basic medical attention to workers who have mild cases. These facilities will have a total of 4,645 beds.
Mobile examination units
The Ministry of Public Health has announced three mobile units that will roam around the city to provide free testing to citizens and residents. There are six ambulances allocated for this purpose as well. You can call the COVID-19 hotline on 16000 for more information.
New operating hours
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a new directive that will change the working hours of companies and commercial shops, which will now operate from 6am until 7pm. All vital services are exempted from this decision.
Cafés and coffee shops shut down
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a decision to shut down all the following outlets: outlets serving hot and cold beverages, coffee shops and cafeterias. The decision is effective until further notice.
For more measures undertaken previously, by various entities and organisations in the country, click here.