Amid the ongoing chaos over overcrowding at public health facilities across the country, health officials have issued new restrictions on who can get tested now in Qatar.
After what many have called a “PCR crisis” in Qatar, Doha News learned that officials from the Hamad Medical Cooperation [HMC] They have now published new guidelines on who should get tested in HMC hospitals and clinics.
According to the leaked HMC document, anyone under the age of 50 who has received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or a second injection in the last 4 months is not required to perform a PCR, even if they have been in contact. near. with someone infected with the virus.
Those who received their second injection or booster more than 4 months ago, are over 50 years old or have a chronic health condition and have been in close contact with a positive case will be able to take a Covid-19 test.
It is not clear, according to the memorandum, if people with symptoms will be allowed to take the test or if they will be sent home to avoid “overcrowding” in the testing centers.
However, returning travelers and visitors are still required to take the test as established by the country’s travel regulations.
Qatar PCR crisis
Following an increase in COVID-19 cases in Qatar over the past week, the country is experiencing a significant delay in PCR tests and results. According to some users of social networks, making an appointment now at any medical center or hospital could take several days, which has caused many people to cancel their flights or simply cannot check if they have been infected by the virus.
Users of social networks have expressed their anguish and anger at the queues that form in front of the hospital, where those who are queuing are not complying with social distancing measures.
Many people have been asking online why and how such a crisis could occur, given that Covid has been around for two years, giving health officials enough time to ensure the infrastructure was in place to do. in the face of a sudden increase in the number.
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Criticisms of the Health Ministry’s insistence on relying solely on Hamad Medical Corporation labs to test all of Qatar’s COVID swabs have become a central part of the online debate. While people can get a PCR test done at almost any hospital or clinic in Qatar, they are all sent to an HMC facility, making delays during high numbers unavoidable.