Jordanian Minister exposed to COVID-19 case still attending government meetings

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Published: 2020-08-24 11:26

Last Updated: 2020-08-24 11:42


Jordanian Minister exposed to COVID-19 case still attending government meetings
Jordanian Minister exposed to COVID-19 case still attending government meetings

Jordan’s Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Mothanna al-Gharaibeh, attended a meeting at the Prime Ministry on Monday, a source told Roya, despite coming into contact with a COVID-19 case on Saturday.

A different source initially told Roya, al-Gharaibeh was due to undertake a PCR test today, Monday, after coming into contact with the Iraqi Minister of Communications, Arkan Shihab, who has tested positive for coronavirus.

The same source had said al-Gharaibeh was not in institutional quarantine, based on his personal request, but in home quarantine having met the Iraqi Minister for dinner on Saturday. However, the latest source has revealed this is not the case. 

The leader of the Iraqi Wisdom Movement (al-Hikma), Fadi al-Shammari, said in a tweet on Sunday: "Based on reliable information, there have been talks about the possibility of canceling the tripartite summit in Jordan and postponing the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi due to the discovery that the Iraqi Minister of Communications and the accompanying delegation were infected with coronavirus upon their arrival in Amman today, which led to their quarantine with the Jordanian Minister of Communications, the Iraqin ambassador, and the embassy's staff that received them."

In another tweet, he said the Iraqi Ambassador to Jordan was not put in institutional quarantine because he was not in the hotel with the Iraqi delegation, but was asked to abide by health and safety procedures, along with a few non-Iraqi diplomatic employees who were present in the same place.