FIFA World Cup: Qatar sees spike in COVID cases as it enters the third wave

Health official says cases rising since November but a significant spike was seen in the last two weeks. Qatar is witnessing the start of a third coronavirus wave, a spike in cases fueled by the Omicron variant, a health official speaks.

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Dr. Soha al-Bayat, head of vaccination at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), supposed in a televised interview on Sunday that most of the new COVID-19 cases are related to the Omicron variant, adding that cases have been increasing in the country since November then a significant spike was seen in the last two weeks.

“Rendering to the primary available information, Omicron is a fast diffuser but the symptoms are minor or moderate without any serious problems,” al-Bayat supposed on Qatar TV.

Qatar has stated more than 252,000 cases of the coronavirus, including 618 deaths, since the start of the pandemic. It has also managed more than five million vaccine doses and hurled a booster campaign late last year.

“Most of the cases stated recently were in two groups, those who did not obtain a vaccination, with children, and those who took the two doses extra than 6 months ago,” she added.

Qatar is due to host the football World Cup 2022 later this year, the first time the tournament FIFA World Cup will take place in a Middle East country. In the lead-up to the event, Qatar hosted numerous sporting events, including its inaugural Formula One GP and the FIFA Arab Cup that was decided on December 18 last year. For more know about FIFA World Cup Tickets click here.

Only fully vaccinated individuals were allowed to attend the football tournament FIFA World Cup. But while organizers called for health and care protocols and rules to be followed at the events, huge crowds and an extensive lack of social estrangement were witnessed, raising fear among peoples of a resurgence of the eruption in the country. Last month, al-Bayat supposed the rise in cases was due to negligence by people.

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“When we supposed that a person is allowed to not wear a face mask in open places, there was a condition like these places should not be crowded. When people started neglecting wearing face masks, we observed an increase in the cases of COVID-19, seasonal flu, and asthma.”

On December 31, Qatar announced new restrictions, including the need to wear a mask indoors and outdoors, amid the spike in cases.

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