Doha, 06 March 2020 (Anadolu News)
Qatar confirmed three more cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, taking the number of total cases to 11.
“The infected are in quarantine; two of the cases are Qatari citizens and one with another nationality who recently returned from Iran,” the country’s health ministry said in a statement.
On Saturday, Doha revealed the first confirmed coronavirus case in the country. Qatar has taken several measures to curb the spread of the virus, including restrictions on entrance to the country by land, sea and air.
First detected in China’s Wuhan city last December, the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has infected 85 countries worldwide. The global death toll is almost 3,300, with more than 95,000 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO, which already declared the outbreak an international health emergency, recently updated the global coronavirus alert level from high to very high.
More than 100,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease globally, according to Johns Hopkins Univeristy – with at least 3,015 deaths in China and 267 fatalities in other parts of the globe, most of them in Italy and Iran.
At least 1,200 of the new infections are in Iran in just the past 24 hours, the country’s biggest jump since the outbreak began. Iran’s health ministry on Friday added that 124 people have died.