Qatar will suspend all incoming flights for a period of two weeks starting Wednesday, the 18th March as the number of coronavirus cases in the country soared to 401.
The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. According to the decisions, all inbound flights to Qatar would be suspended as of 18th March for a two-week period, except transit flights, cargo flights, flights carrying Qatar nationals from other countries.
The Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lolwah Rashid AlKhater said that the situation would be reviewed at the end of two weeks and appropriate decisions would be taken depending on the then prevailing situation.
In the earlier week, Qatar banned entry of nationals from 13 countries including India. The suspension of flight services forms part of a series of measures announced by government of Qatar. Qatar also suspended all public transport services including the Karwa Bus and the Doha Metro, until further notice.
All the public, private and university students have been advised to begin distance learning from Sunday. The 12th grade students of public schools are allowed to sit for exams as scheduled at their exam headquarters, which will be announced later, said Lolwah Rashid AlKhater.
Furthermore, certain groups of people, including employees over the age 55, people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart, kidney disease and stress, pregnant women, are all allowed to work from home, she said.
The Qatar government has also announced plans to extend financial and economic incentives equivalent to QR75bn to the private sector to overcome disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Certain sectors, including hospitality, retail, small & medium industries and logistics have also been exempted from paying the electricity and water charges for six months.
Early this week, the Ministry of Public Health announced 64 new cases of coronavirus in Qatar, taking the total number of cases to 401.
So far, 9750 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Qatar.