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Qatar Tightens Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Qatar will now tighten its Covid-19 restrictions in response to the increasing number of cases, starting Friday. 

The Cabinet and the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) have announced tougher measures against the coronavirus on Wednesday, including a switch to distance learning for all students while nurseries and childcare centers are ordered to close. 

Workplaces will only allow half of the number of employees, excluding the health sector and military.

Authorities will also temporarily shut medical services in private facilities, except for emergencies and remote services, the MOPH said on Twitter. 

Only 30 percent operating capacity will be allowed for malls while those aged under 16 will not be allowed to enter. 

Non-essential shops such as salons, gyms, and steam rooms will also remain shut. 

Restaurants will be permitted to operate for delivery and pick-up services only. 

Qatar has seen rising cases since late March, reporting a record daily of 940 cases on Wednesday bringing the nationwide total to 187, 150.

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