Workplace rules for government and private sector employees | 80% private employees to work from home

Workplace rules for government and private sector employees | 80% private employees to work from home

H.E. Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani chaired the Cabinet meeting this afternoon through video conference technology.

Following the meeting, HE Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi issued the following statement:

At the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet heard the explanation given by HE the Minister of Public Health on the latest developments to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Cabinet affirmed the continuation of the precautionary measures taken to combat this epidemic, and to complement the decisions and actions previously taken, the Cabinet decided the following

Government agencies to reduce the number of employees present at the workplace – Extending of the decision of the Cabinet issued at its regular meeting (12) for the year 2020, held on 18/3l2020, according to which it was decided, among other things, to reduce the number of employees present at the workplace in government agencies.

Private sectors – 80% to work from home and reduce workers at workplace to 20% – Reduce the number of workers present in the workplace in the private sector to 20 percent of the total number of workers in each agency, and 80 percent of the rest of the workers start their work remotely from their homes.

Six working hours per day at workplace | 7:00 am – 1:00 pm – The working hours for employees and workers at their workplace in the government and private sectors will be 6 working hours per day, starting from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Working hours for workers and employees at stores of foodstuffs, pharmacies, and restaurants – The stores of foodstuffs, pharmacies, and restaurants that submit external orders are exempted from this decision. The Ministry of Trade and Industry, in coordination with the concerned authorities, shall determine the other necessary activities exempted from this decision.

Meeting rules for employees and workers | Use Technology | No more than (5) persons – All meetings held for employees and workers in the government and private sectors shall be by distance using modern technical means, and if this is not possible, and in cases of necessity, the meeting shall be held by no more than (5) persons.

Cleaning and hospitality companies | Stop Home Services – Stop the temporary home services system provided by cleaning and hospitality companies and reduce the number of workers who are transported by buses to half the capacity of the bus, taking into account the precautionary measures.

Inspection of Food Outlets by MoCI – The Ministry of Commerce and Industry should continue to intensify inspection procedures for food outlets to ensure their compliance with health requirements and preventive and precautionary measures, including leaving distance between shoppers.

The decision excludes – The decisions exclude The military sector, the security sector, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions’ employees, the health sector, oil and gas sector, employees of government agencies whose nature of their work requires their presence, workers in major projects.

The decisions are effective from – These decisions are effective from Thursday 2/4/2020, for a period of two weeks. During this period, the situation will be evaluated to take the appropriate decision.

The competent authorities, each within its competence, take the necessary measures to implement these decisions.
For more information on Covid-19, one can visit MoPH’s website at www.moph.gov.qa or call 16000.

Source Credit: QNA

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CBSE cancels 10th and 12th grade board exams outside India including Qatar

CBSE cancels 10th and 12th-grade board exams in 25 countries outside India including Qatar

CBSE has made a press release on Wednesday, 1st of April 2020 which states that it will not be conducting the remaining 10th and 12th classes board Exams for students from 25 countries including Qatar.

In view of the prevailing circumstance of the spread of Coronovirus COVID-19 and lockdown of schools for various lengths of time, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made a decision to cancel exams for the students of class 10 and 12 in schools that are located outside of India.

CBSE also stated that “Also, in the present situation, it will be difficult to bring the answer books to India for evaluation purposes,” the CBSE said. The system of marking/assessment for the purpose of declaring results will be worked out by the Board shortly and informed to these schools. 

Other Grade / Class Updates:

The Board has announced all affiliated schools of the following one-time measure:

1. For grades / Classes 1 to 8: All students studying in Classes 1 to 8 may be promoted to the next class/grade.

2. For grades / Classes 9 and 11: Advised to promote students of grades 9 and 11 to the next grade on the basis of all the school-based assessments including project work, periodic tests, term exams, etc., conducted so far. For any child who is unable to clear the internal process (in any number of subjects), the school may utilise this period for providing remedial interventions and school may give an opportunity of appearing in school-based test/s either online or offline. The promotions of such children may be decided on the basis of such test/s

Class 10 and 12 (Only for Schools in India) With regards to the schools in India, CBSE board exams of Class 10 and 12 will be rescheduled and stated that the board will announce dates after consultations. “For the rest of the subjects, it said it would not hold examinations; the instructions for marking/assessment in all such cases shall be separately issued by the Board,” the CBSE said. The Board will give notice of about 10 days to all stakeholders before starting the Board examinations, it stated.

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MoPH launches a new drive-through coronavirus COVID-19 testing station

MoPH launches a new drive-through coronavirus COVID-19 testing station

As part of the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 testing for people undergoing home quarantine following return from travel, the Ministry of Public Health has launched a new drive-through service to make it more convenient for people to access their tests. The drive through testing for COVID-19 is reserved for those people who meet all the following criteria: 

  • Those who have returned to Qatar from overseas between 10 March 2020 and 21 March 2020.
  • Those who have been undergoing quarantine at home and have signed an official undertaking for this.
  • Those who have not been swabbed to test for COVID-19 since returning to their home.

Please call 16060 (choose Option 2) to arrange a time to register for COVID-19 testing. Before you call, please have all the below information ready,

  1. Full Name
  2. Qatar ID number (QID)
  3. Contact phone number
  4. Address details (to include blue-plate details)
  5. Date of your return to Qatar
  6. Flight number of your return flight

MoPH launches a new drive-through coronavirus COVID-19 testing station. For people undergoing home quarantine following return from travel.

MoPH launches a new drive-through coronavirus COVID-19 testing station. For people undergoing home quarantine following return from travel.

Source Credit: HMC Qatar  

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Closure of some elective health services in all private healthcare facilities in Qatar | MoPH

Closure of some elective health services in all private healthcare facilities in Qatar | MoPH

As a part of preventive and precautionary measures undertaken by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), on the 28th of March that it has announced additional closure of some elective health services except for emergency cases in all private healthcare facilities in Qatar. Closure of below health services at all private health facilities except for emergency cases until further notice:

  1. Dental Clinics
  2. Dermatology and Laser Clinics
  3. Plastic Surgery Clinics
  4. Surgical Procedures
  5. Diet and Slimming Centers
  6. Physiotherapy Clinics
  7. Complimentary medicines of all kinds

This has been announced to ensure the safety of patients as well as healthcare workers. MoPH has also issued some guidance in regard to the safety of people while shopping grocery to avoid the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

For more information on Covid-19, one can visit MoPH’s website at www.moph.gov.qa or call 16000.

Closure of some elective health services in all private healthcare facilities in Qatar | MoPH. Dental, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Physiotherapy Clinics

Closure of some elective health services in all private healthcare facilities in Qatar | MoPH. Dental, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Physiotherapy Clinics

Source Credit: MoPH -Memo (HCFLAD-02/2020) – Stopping of some elective health services​​​

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MoPH issues directives for grocery shopping | Do’s and Don’ts

MoPH issues directives for grocery shopping | Do’s and Don’ts

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has posted an advisory on social media platforms explaining how people can protect themselves while shopping for groceries. The following are the various do’s and don’ts for the public going to a store for grocery shopping.

  • Limit grocery store visits to only one person and avoid taking children.
  • If your household workers are doing the shopping, explain the precautionary measures to them.
  • Make a grocery list prior to leaving your house.
  • To reduce the number of visits, purchase enough groceries to last 1-2 weeks, but do not over-purchase to leave stocks for others.
  • Ensure that you always leave a distance of at least 1.5m between yourself and others.
  • Ensure that you disinfect carts and baskets prior to use, or wear disposable gloves and throw them in a trash bin immediately after use.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes while shopping.
  • Use electronic forms of payment instead of cash. Use a tissue when entering your PIN number.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser (60% alcohol) immediately after you leave the grocery store.
  • Place grocery bags in the trunk of the car and not on the seats.
  • When you reach home, dispose of the grocery bags immediately and wash the purchased items.
  • Ensure to disinfect and wipe the surfaces that were in contact with the grocery bags, as well as the products you purchased.
  • When you finish storing the products, wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • The advisory also states that a person should avoid going grocery shopping if s/he is experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and fever; suffers from any chronic condition or low immunity; or is an elderly person.
  • Hypermarket giant Lulu has also enlisted several measures to improve health and safety include having staff wash their hands frequently.
  • This follows the other social distancing and preventative measures that have already been introduced such as hand sanitisers and tape on the floor to show customers how far to stay apart in queues, along with exclusive checkouts for health workers, elderly and vulnerable people.

Earlier Lulu Hypermarkets had announced measures to further enhance sanitisation and cleaning protocols that are in place, with stores sanitising trolley and basket handles and all other common touch areas as preventative measures.

Lulu Hypermarket has also requested its customers to stop using the reusable bags for the time being as a measure to maintain the supreme level of hygiene. On the other hand, Lulu has also provided a transparent protective screen that will be made available across their branches as an added protective measure for cashiers against coronavirus.

It is very important for us to give a sense of safety and peace of mind to our people, especially our cashiers who are the frontline soldiers of Lulu Hypermarkets, we’ve looked across the world at best practices and these shields stand out as a strong safety precaution,” said Mohamed Althaf, Director of Lulu Hypermarkets.

For more information on Covid-19, one can visit MoPH’s website at www.moph.gov.qa or call 16000.

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PHCC Qatar starts Medication Home Delivery Service: Communicate over WhatsApp numbers of health centers

PHCC Qatar starts Medication Home Delivery Service: Communicate over WhatsApp numbers of health centers

Qatar has taken many preventive measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Primary Health Care Corporation on its twitter handle today tweeted that in the interest of public health, PHCC started medication delivery service in the health center. Below are the WhatsApp numbers of Primary Health Centers. Contact the respect health center numbers. They are open from 8 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 10 pm (Sunday to Thursday)

PHCC Qatar starts Medication Home Delivery Service: Communicate over WhatsApp numbers of health centers | QatarIndians.com

PHCC Qatar starts Medication Home Delivery Service: Communicate over WhatsApp numbers of health centers.

Credit: PHCCqatar

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Al Meera will not allow children under 12 years to enter from 29 March 2020

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Mesaimeer Branch | Visitors will not be allowed at MADLSA Government Services Complex (Mesaimeer branch) from 29 Mar 2020

Mesaimeer Branch | Visitors will not be allowed at MADLSA Government Services Complex (Mesaimeer branch) from 29 Mar 2020 until further notice.

Qatar has taken many preventive measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. As a part of the precautionary and preventive measures to contain Coronavirus COVID-19, starting today (29-Mar-2020, Sunday), the Ministry of Administrative Development Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) will stop receiving visitors to the Government Services Complex (Mesaimeer branch) until further notice, according to a tweet by the MADLSA.

For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar | Public can contact 24/7 hotline number 16000 (toll-free)

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Qatar launches new remote healthcare services | Virtual Consultations | Medication Refill delivery

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Qatar launches new remote healthcare services | Virtual Consultations | Medication Refill delivery

Qatar launches new remote healthcare services | Virtual Consultations | Medication Refill delivery to Patients home | Issuing sick leave certificates remotely

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, MoPH has activated a set of remote access channels to healthcare services at PHCC and HMC in collaboration with TASMU Smart Qatar, MoTC, Hukoomi and Qatar Post along with notable digital solution providers.

The new virtual healthcare services have been developed to ensure the safety of everyone by allowing patients to schedule an appointment with healthcare by dialing 16000 to have a virtual consultation with their healthcare provider, receiving medical advice, sick leave and get their medicine delivered to their doorstep.

16000 will also continue to provide a 24/7 call centre service for all enquiries in relation to the COVID-19. 

The nationwide new remote healthcare service initiative primarily targets three medical instances:

Virtual Consultations: 

Patients requiring PHCC services can dial 16000 and choose the PHCC option, they will then be routed to a PHCC Community Call Center offering remote telephone and video consultations for patients requiring both routine and priority care.

The community call centre will be operating 7 days a week from 7 am to 11 pm. Clients accessing this service can expect a video or telephone consultation with a physician that will provide them with advice, diagnosis and offer prescriptions. In addition, the service will assess those patients with routine conditions providing guidance.

HMC has launched an innovative Urgent Consultation Service, enabling patients with non-life threatening conditions to speak to a specialist physician over the phone. Patients can dial 16000 and will then be routed to an HMC coordinator who will triage their case before transferring them to a specialist.

This service will cover 11 specialties for urgent care needs only urology, cardiology, orthopedics, general medicine, general surgery, dermatology, ENT, OBGYN, dental and pediatrics. The specialists will also be able to check and book/rebook appointments if needed.

These services are available to all registered PHCC and HMC patients with Health Cards.

HMC’s Department of Geriatrics has also launched a virtual clinic for patients enabling elderly patients to receive consultations in the comfort of their own homes. This service has been launched to protect elderly residents in Qatar who have been advised by MoPH to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

Issuing sick leave certificates remotely:  

If patients are given care through a video or telephone consultation with their healthcare provider and require a sick leave certificate, they will be issued sick leave electronically through the e-Jaza system, the patient can then download the sick leave certificate through this link:  https://www.qchp.org.qa/en/Pages/ValidateEJaza.aspx  Available on the MOPH website, using QID/HC Number.

Medication Refill delivery to Patients home:

HMC and PHCC are working in partnership with Q-Post to have medications delivered to your home to ensure you can receive your required medications without having to attend the health centers or clinics.  This started with a segment of patients on 25th March and be will be rolled out in phases to the rest of the population accordingly.

Call centers Nesmaak at 16060 and Hayak at 107 will remain as is for routine calls but will add a capability to route calls that require urgent attention to 16000

The second phase of the remote access to the new healthcare mechanism is to provide access via a chatbot through the MoPH, PHCC or Hukoomi websites.

Enhancing remote access to healthcare at the time of the COVID-19 crisis will help curb the rapid spread of the disease. MoPH, MOTC, MoPH, and TASMU in collaboration with key stakeholders will continue providing quality medical care to the people of Qatar in a timely and accurate manner.

Source Credit: qatar-tribune | The image used in this post is just for representation. 

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Al Meera has announced on its official twitter handle that, Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to enter any of it store branches. 

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Al Meera will not allow children under 12 years to enter from 29 March 2020

Al Meera will not allow children under 12 years to enter from Sunday 29 March 2020

As a part of preventive and safety measures, Al Meera has announced on its official twitter handle that, Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to enter any of it store branches. This rule will be effective starting the 29th of March 2020 (Sunday). It has stated on the tweet that, this step has been taken as a part of preventive measures taken to limit the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

It is not advisable to shop with your kids as they are easily vulnerable to COVID 19. On the note posted by Al Meera on its twitter post, it states that

For your safety and that of the community, shop without your kids. On the note posted by Al Meera, it states that

  • Complementing the preventive measures taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Al Meera will not allow children under the age of 12 to enter its branches as of Sunday 29th March 2020. As they may catch the virus, carry it without showing signs of disease, and possibly pass it on to the elderly.
  • This will also help us reduce the number of shoppers in our branches and allow us to respect social distancing.
  • For your health and the health of our community, we advise you to wear masks for protection when you shop.
Al Meera will not allow children under 12 years to enter from Sun 29 Mar 2020. As a part of preventive measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

Al Meera will not allow children under 12 years to enter from Sun 29 Mar 2020. As a part of preventive measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

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Visa Extension | Expired QID | Questions from Indian community due to flight cancellations and airport closures | COVID-19 (Updated on 28 March 2020)

Qatar has taken many preventive measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. As a part of precautionary and preventive measures taken by the country, since the 18th of March, all inbound flights to Doha have been stopped temporarily with the exception of air cargo and transit flights. On the other hand, India has brought mandatory quarantine for travelers from the Middle East and announced a 21-day complete nationwide lockdown. Airlines have cancelled their flights and countries announced airport closures.

We have received a lot of questions from the Indian community in Qatar regarding the Visa Extension, on arrival visas and many more questions which include – What will happen to a resident who is outside Qatar currently, Can an on-arrival visa be extended, how can we do Visa Extension during this time and many more related to visas…(Post your questions which are not covered in this and we will try our best to find the answers and reply)

Based on the information available from sources, we tried our best to cover answers to those questions:

  1. My Mother is in Doha now and she came through an on-arrival visa and it is expiry in a week from now. Is it possible to extend the on-arrival visa due to the non-availability of flights from Doha?

For all on arrival visa holders currently in Qatar, Visa will be extended automatically. You do not have to do anything to extend the visa. It will be extended until the 22nd of April 2020. This announcement is made as per the current situation and might be updated in the future based on the situation at a later stage.

Qatar Visit Visas (Visit & On Arrival Visas) can be extended for 1 month from the date of the expiration of Visa. This can be done through Metrash2 or MOI Website. No need to visit the General Directorate of Passports or MOI Service Centres. Visit https://portal.moi.gov.qa/visitvisaextension to extend or to check visa status.

  1. I am a resident of Qatar. I sponsored a visit visa for my wife’s parents, and they are here for the last 2 months. If the current situation continues beyond their visa expiry period, is it possible to extend their stay?

At the moment there is no announcement made with regard to Family Visit Visas. Sooner we can expect an announcement from MOI on procedures to extend Family Visit Visas. MOI Visa Extension Service Website.

  1. My wife is now in India. She is a resident of Qatar. Her QID is expiring in few weeks. As she cannot come to Qatar now due to restrictions in India and travelers ban in Qatar. What shall I do? Is it possible for her to enter Qatar again after the ban?

Yes, She can enter once the entry ban in Qatar is lifted. A resident with expired Qatar ID or stayed more than six months out of Qatar will be allowed to enter Qatar once the ban is lifted.

  1. I am on a business visa and my visa is nearing expiry. Is there a way to extend my business visa?

Yes. It is possible to extend your business visa through an extension request from your sponsor. Please ask them to submit all the required documents which include Passport Copy, CR Copy and a request letter for the visa extension.

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