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Qatar: Closure of All Non-Essentials Starting Today

Qatar will close all non-vital businesses starting today as part of the country’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus, according to a government spokesperson, adding that vital sectors like supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.

Non-vital businesses like cafes, education support services and centres, arts and theatre services and workshops, entertainment services, wedding and event services and stores, shoe and watch repair kiosks will be included in the new ruling.

Authorities also clarified during the press conference that vital sectors determined by the cabinet, including foodstuff stores, pharmacies, and delivery services, deliveries from restaurants, will be exempted from the ruling on closures.

Qatar on Thursday confirmed 12 new coronavirus cases, raising the total number of infections to 549.


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