DOHA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Qatari health ministry on Thursday announced 209 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 146,689, official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
Meanwhile, 167 more recovered from the virus, bringing the overall recoveries to 143,261, while the death toll remained at 246, according to a ministry statement quoted by QNA.
A total of 1,306,477 persons in Qatar have taken lab tests for COVID-19 so far.
China and Qatar offered mutual help during the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
On Feb. 11, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar on the phone, expressing appreciation to Qatar for voicing support to China during the fight against the coronavirus and for assisting in the shipment of epidemic control supplies.
Later on Feb. 21, five Qatar Airways cargo freighters flew to China carrying approximately 300 tons of medical supplies donated by the airline.