Qatar drops travel ban for non-resident Qatari citizens amid efforts to ease coronavirus outbreak

Qatar drops coronavirus restrictions just before World Cup match, says country ready to host international event

Doha, Qatar – Qatar has dropped a travel ban for a group of non-resident Qatari citizens, including members of the Qatari royal family, amid efforts to ease its coronavirus outbreak.

The move came just before the semi-final of the World Cup, which is due to kick off at the end of next month. The ban was scheduled to start on March 17, and was due to be lifted on April 3.

The announcement on Monday came hours after a series of measures were announced across the country to halt the spread of the virus which has left 1,900 cases and one death among the population.

But in the lead up to the World Cup, the government said it was ready to host a major international event while the situation remained under control.

The decision to drop the travel ban was made at the request of the Supreme Petroleum Council, which coordinates the country’s public health policy. It said it was following the directions of the State Department and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The decision came as Qatar suffered its worst coronavirus outbreak in recent history, with more than 1,900 cases and one related death.

In a news conference on Monday, Qatari leader and health minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said the decision was in line with recommendations from Qatar’s World Health Organization.

Officials said that while the risk of the coronavirus spreading throughout the country remains low, it was necessary to ease the coronavirus restrictions in light of the pandemic.

The World Health Organization on Sunday said that the country’s coronavirus situation had reached “the potential of a public health emergency,” and urged public-health authorities to consider “reducing the risk of international spread” of the new coronavirus.

On Sunday, the government announced plans for a public-health campaign to combat the global outbreak of coronavirus.

“The campaign will include measures to reduce the risk of international spread, to educate the public, and to improve communication across the country,” the health ministry said in a statement.

A total of 1,923 cases were reported in Qatar,

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