Citizens, residents urged not to drop their guard after country witnessed rise in Covid cases

CITIZENS and residents have been urged not to drop their guard after the country witnessed a rise in Covid-19 cases over the last two days.

A total of 62 infections were registered on Tuesday – up from 43 on Monday and 33 on Sunday.

The numbers assume significance as the GDN reported last week that active coronavirus cases dropped by 73 per cent during the last three months. Last month saw the lowest number of daily infections since the onset of the pandemic – 15 – on November 9.

Senior taskforce member and Salmaniya Medical Complex Infectious and Internal Diseases consultant Dr Jameela Salman said the rise in Covid-19 infections reflected the large number of tests alongside a laxity in public adherence to precautionary measures.

“Active cases decrease when people abide by all precautionary steps, take booster doses and vaccines. Any increase in infections reveal the reluctance to follow the measures.

“Booster doses will contribute to enhancing the immunity and combating the virus and their symptoms and also in reducing the death rates.”

Dr Salman also added that studies and the daily cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic have proven the importance of vaccinations in limiting the spread of the virus, alleviating symptoms and complications.

She was speaking at a Press conference, held remotely from the Crown Prince Centre for Training and Medical Research, Riffa.

Health Ministry Under-Secretary Dr Waleed Al Manea also cautioned over a false sense of security following a drop in cases.

“People must continue adhering to precautionary measures. Register for the vaccines and contribute to achieving the desired goals,” he added.




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