Doha, Qatar – 2020 is not an easy year. This is no exception for Indonesian citizens who live and work in Qatar. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on them. Some have experienced delays and wage cuts, and some have even experienced termination of their work contracts. For this reason, since March 24, 2020, the Indonesian Embassy in Doha has formed a Task Force for Handling COVID-19 which consists of a combination of elements of the Indonesian Embassy in Doha and community leaders in Qatar under the auspices of Permiqa (Indonesian Community Association in Qatar).
Since then the Task Force has worked not only to monitor Indonesian citizens infected with Covid-19 and ensure medical treatment for them, but also to help fulfill the basic needs of Indonesian citizens affected by COVID-19. The formation of the Task Force was based on the protection of Indonesian citizens based on the principle of “The state is here to protect its citizens”.
Until now, the number of Indonesian citizens in Qatar infected with Covid-19 is 159, with details of 153 people being declared cured, 5 people are still in the process of treatment and 1 person has died. In collaboration with local authorities, the Task Force Team has made sure that those who are infected and die receive the best treatment.
For social assistance, during the period April-October 2020, the COVID-19 Handling Task Force in Qatar has coordinated the distribution of 872 social assistance packages, consisting of 187 packages from the Indonesian Embassy in Doha, 185 packages from the Indonesian citizen community in Qatar and 500 packages from Qatar Charity, non-profit social institution in Qatar.
Those who receive assistance are Indonesian citizens who have been dismissed from their jobs, have had their wages terminated, have been cut off from their meals, have been cut wages, family members whose heads of families have been laid off and Indonesians who were obliged to undergo quarantine, so they could not leave the house to fulfill their personal needs. Indonesian citizens who meet this category can apply to the hotline of the Indonesian Embassy in Doha via telephone number +97433322875.
Qatar is one of the countries with the lowest number of COVID-19 patients in the world, at 232 people. Since the first case of COVID-19 in Qatar on February 29, 2020, the pandemic has been handled well. As of November 1, 2020, there were a total of 132,720 Covid-19 cases in Qatar, with 129,784 people declared cured, bringing the cure rate to 97%.