Qatar confirmed Sunday a new case of coronavirus disease, a 23-year-old expatriate. The male patient was diagnosed after routine checkup on the virus. He is being treated and his condition is stable, Qatari Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said in a statement.
The statement added the patient was diagnosed in the country's flu national center, noting that all relatives of the patient were examined and preliminary results were negative.
Meanwhile, SCH also noted that a previous coronavirus patient, a Qatari citizen, has completely recovered and left the hospital.So the recovered patient is likely not the contact involved in the new patient's case, who we now know is a male, and an expatriate. From what country? The report doesn't say, and neither does this report from Qatar's The Peninsula.
That contact may be identifiable through the lists of FluTrackers and Andrew Rambaut, both of which include the new asymptomatic case. A possible contact might be Rambaut's case #129, a 56-year-old woman who died in Doha on September 3. But that's a long time ago, and her contacts would presumably have been checked within a few days of her being hospitalized in late August.
The only other recent Doha case is Rambaut's case #161, a Qatari farmer who is presumably the one who has now recovered. Was he the employer of the new asymptomatic case?
I guess it's fun, in a boy-detective way, to figure out the connections between these cases when we have so little information about them. But this is a potentially very serious disease with global health implications, and we should be beyond boys' games in the way we deal with it.