Kharabsheh speaks about COVID-19 situation


Published: 2021-01-08 21:26

Last Updated: 2021-01-08 21:45

Kharabsheh speaks about COVID-19 situation
Kharabsheh speaks about COVID-19 situation

The head of the COVID-19 Situation Assessment Committee Friday said that no studies have been conducted to determine the effect of the weekly Friday lockdown on the COVID-19 situation in Jordan. He added that the lack of gatherings contributed to the improvement of the local health situation.

As for vaccines, Kharabsheh said all the data currently available provides no scientific evidence that the new virus mutation reduces the effectiveness of vaccines.

He said reopening sectors must be gradual, and based on a strategic plan and priorities. He added that students returning to schools is not an issue that has been discussed with the National Committee for Epidemics.

The coronavirus curve in Jordan has been gradually declining over the past five to six weeks (week 46 to week 53 of the coronavirus crisis), he added.

Kharabsheh told Roya that the percentage of positive PCR tests has reached 5.4 percent, which is less than a quarter of the percentage recorded six weeks ago.

The number of COVID-19 deaths recorded in week 53 of the pandemic was 138 cases, while the 494 deaths were recorded in week 46. Kharabsheh pointed out that the COVID-19 curve in Jordan reached its peak in week 46.

He said there was a decrease in the number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals and an increase in the number of recovery cases that were discharged from hospitals. He added that there has been a kind of balance between inputs and outputs and the occupancy rate of hospital beds has reached 'its minimum.'