Qatar sees spike in COVID-19 cases for second day in a row

Qatar on Saturday reported 279 COVID-19 cases — 226 among community and 53 among travellers.
This was for the second day in a row Qatar reported a rise in daily COVID-19 infections.
In a statement, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said 153 people recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in Qatar to 244,615.
The MoPH said a total of 5,153010 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, with 3,837 doses being administered in the past 24 hours. So far, 232,016 COVID-19 booster vaccine doses have been administered in the country , it added.
With this, the MoPH said, 86.1 percent of the total population have now been fully vaccinated with two doses.
The MoPH said Omicron mutant has been detected in Qatar which forms a danger represented by the emergence of new cases of COVID-19.
“Evidence so far shows that the Omicron mutant is the most prevalent, even today, and that the countries in which the Omicron mutant appears are rapidly registering infections,” it added.
The Ministry warned of the danger of the stage in fighting the virus, and stressed the importance of qualified members of society receiving the booster dose without any delay.
The MoPH also indicated that recent studies show the effectiveness of the effect of the booster dose in preventing severe infection against the new Omicron mutant.