Field hospitals to start receiving patients mid-December: Obeidat

Jordan

Published: 2020-12-01 17:57

Last Updated: 2020-12-02 09:30


Field hospitals to start receiving patients mid-December: Obeidat
Field hospitals to start receiving patients mid-December: Obeidat

Minister of Health Nathir Obeidat and Head of the Coronavirus Portfolio Wael Al-Hayajneh held a press conference Tuesday to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the Kingdom.

Despite a recent decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the pandemic has come to an end, insisted Obeidat. He continued that field hospitals will be ready to receive patients in the middle of December, pointing out that when the pandemic ends, field hospitals will be an important tributary to the hospitals of the Ministry of Health.

He also said that the government is currently working on getting COVID-19 vaccines from different sources.

Obeidat indicated that instructions will be issued Wednesday regarding the pricing for COVID-19 treatment at private hospitals.

In regard to the Friday total lockdowns, all governmental decisions will be made according to the pandemic curve in Jordan, said Obeidat. He indicated that studies confirm that a one-day ban leads to a decrease in the number of new COVID-19 infections.

A total of 1,622 of COVID-19 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals, Hayajneh said.

The percentage of positive PCR tests Tuesday was 16.1 percent, which is considered a low percentage based on the latest number of cases, Hayajneh added.

Hayajneh said citizens' compliance contributes to the stabilization and decrease in the number of cases, noting that the number of coronavirus cases stabilized in week 48 of the coronavirus crisis in Jordan.

The highest rates of COVID-19 deaths are among elderly people, Hayajneh said.