SWICC DAILY UPDATE TO STAFF: 21 June, 2020


A Message from Dr. Saad Al Kaabi, System Wide Incident Command (SWICC) Committee Chair

As we start the gradual process of opening up after three months of COVID-19 restrictions, we must redouble our efforts to protect the most vulnerable members of our community – including our elderly. In April our Geriatric and Long-term Care Department launched the Elderly Telephone Reassurance Service which proactively contacts people who are 60 years and older to check on them, answer any questions they may have and also enable them to access services they may need. We are pleased to say that since launching, more than 7000 outreach calls have been made by the team. Another great example of how we are ensuring our elderly patients are cared for is the recently launched Elderly Pharmacy Medication Delivery Service – which provides a direct line to enable elderly patients get their medications quickly and efficiently. These are just two examples of how we have developed innovative and accessible ways to reach out to and ensure all of our patients get the care they need in these challenging times. Well done to Dr. Hanadi Al Hamad, National Lead for Healthy Ageing in Qatar and Medical Director of Rumailah Hospital and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute and her team for making a real difference to the lives of our elderly patients during this difficult and uncertain time.

Dr. Saad Al Kaabi
Senior Consultant Medical Affairs  
System Wide Incident Command Committee Chair

COVID-19 General Information 


What is the latest information on the number of cases in Qatar?

  • 320,792: Total number of people tested for COVID-19 in Qatar
  • 18,952:  Number of COVID-19 patients under active treatment
  • 881: Total number of new cases in the last 24 hours
  • 1124: Number currently under acute hospital care
  • 221: Number currently in ICU
  • 68,319 Total number of recovered patients 
  • 98: Total number of deaths in Qatar
What are the latest measures currently in place across Qatar?

  • The Ministry of the Interior has announced that all pre-entry permits (visas) in Qatar can now be extended through the Metrash application
MOPH guidelines for praying in mosques

The Ministry of Public Health has issued guidelines to perform prayers in mosques during gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar. As many as 500 mosques reopened in the country on June 15 under phase one easing restrictions of coronavirus. The mosque should open five minutes before the call for prayer and should close five minutes after the prayer. Read more.

How can people get more information on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
  • Visit the Ministry of Public Health website www.moph.gov.qa for more information on COVID-19. 
  • Call the national COVID-19 hotline on 16000 for all enquiries. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Staff information 


For all HR-related questions please check the dedicated COVID-19 i-Tawasol site by clicking here.

Healthcare service changes at HMC


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