Epidemics Committee: Possible total lockdown in Jordan


Published: 2020-09-23 10:29

Last Updated: 2020-09-23 11:37

Epidemics Committee: Possible total lockdown in Jordan
Epidemics Committee: Possible total lockdown in Jordan

A total lockdown is a possibility for Jordan in the coming few days, said National Committee of Epidemics member, Dr. Wael Al Hayajneh, on Roya's Nabd Albalad on Tuesday.

The government is preparing and considering the lockdown as an option, he added.

The number of coronavirus cases in Jordan will increase more in the coming few days and weeks, said Hayajneh.

A researcher of coronavirus spreading statistics, Mutasim Saeedan, said:"We may reach 4 and 5,000 cases of corona per day in Jordan in the coming days."

He believes citizens need to find a way to live with the pandemic to avoid a total lockdown, which is Jordan's last resort.

There is a delay in reaching the positive cases and those who have come into contact with them, and PCR test samples must be more targeted, he said.

COVID-19 investigation teams are exhausted due to their continuous work since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis and their limited staff operating across the whole Kingdom, he added.

There is a great level of awareness among citizens in facing the pandemic.

He expects school and university attendance to resume as normal at the beginning of next month, despite the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

"According to the statistics, there is a close relationship between the spread of the virus and the humidity in the air," said Saeedan.

The numbers recorded on Tuesday are a dangerous indicator and the Kingdom has entered the level seven of the pandemic.

The former Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Hikmat Abu Al-Foul, said the COVID-19 investigation committees include doctors who are not specialized in epidemiology, and this is a weakness.

These health investigation teams need additional staff members immediately, and their performance in contact tracing should be improved in order to control the COVID-19 situation in Jordan.