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DOHA: Qatar is expected to achieve herd immunity against coronavirus in a month and will be among the first countries in the world to do so, a senior health official said yesterday.  

Addressing a virtual conference on ‘Qatar Economic Development and Opportunities’, hosted by Doha Bank, Sheikh Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Public Health, said the new Covid-19 infection numbers are very encouraging and will lead to further lifting of sanctions.

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“We will be among the first countries to get the herd immunity in one month from now and we can open in the coming months, or very soon, for tourism. We will prefer vaccinated people in the first stage and then we can evaluate every case. The system is more sustainable for that,” said Sheikh Dr Mohammed.

The health authorities had earlier said that more than half of the adult population in Qatar have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Due to a fall in new infections, the Ministry of Public Health, last month, had announced that Covid-19 restrictions would be lifted in four phases, with each phase lasting three weeks.

The first phase started on 28 May. The second phase will start on 18 June, the third phase on 9 July and the fourth phase 30 July.

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