Qatar weathered pandemic best among Arab countries

The Peninsula

Doha: Qatar has become the only Arab country in the region to be among the top 15 countries in dealing with COVID-19, according to a classification published by the Der Spiegel magazine in Germany.   

The magazine has compared COVID-19 related data from 154 countries across the world with more than 5000,000 inhabitants.  

Titled ‘Where the fight against the pandemic succeeds,’ the magazine’s ranking was determined by several factors that comprise the COVID-19 Stringency Index. 

Among the 154 countries, Qatar came away with a good result and ranked 15 and the only Arab country. According to the analysis by Der Spiegel magazine, Finland has shown the best result in dealing with COVID-19.  

The areas of health and the economy are critical in the analysis. Factors taken into account include excess mortality, the progress of vaccinations, school closures, workplace closures, and travel bans.

Der Spiegel has raised the question ‘Which countries get through the crisis best?’ With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing for more than 18 months, the crisis is, of course, not over yet, and the numbers are rising again in many countries. One can still draw an initial conclusion with the latest data.  

COVID-19 infections are decreasing in Qatar in recent weeks. The combined impact of restrictions and increasing vaccination rates, and the overwhelming support of the community, have resulted in a consistent reduction in the number of new daily infections in the country.

As the vaccination programme accelerates, Qatar continues to fight the virus by implementing the most extensive vaccination campaign in its history for citizens and residents of the country, free of charge.

The State of Qatar ranks among the top ten countries globally, compared to its population, and it is also among the countries that have the lowest death rates in the world due to the quality and excellence of the health care system in the country.

There have been 223,272 COVID-19 cases reported in Qatar since the beginning of the pandemic, and there are 1,513 active cases under treatment.

Qatar has recorded 599 coronavirus-related deaths in the country since the pandemic began. The National COVID-19 Vaccination Program maintains to administer up to 40,000 doses a day. 

Qatar Vaccination Center – for Business and Industry Sector, is a new facility and considered one of the largest vaccination centers in the world has begun operations recently. The Centre can administer 25,000 doses. 

Qatar has administered at least 3,390,306 doses of COVID vaccines so far, and more than 1.5 million people have received both doses.

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