Published: 2021-02-24 21:30
Last Updated: 2021-04-16 16:23
The Head of the Coronavirus Portfolio at the Ministry of Health Wael Al-Hayajneh stated Wednesday during his participation in Roya's Nabd Al-Balad program, that the government made "scientific-based and logical" decisions by imposing a Friday total lockdown and extending curfew hours, seeing as there was a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
He said that pandemic situation in the Kingdom is increasingly alarming and requires "extreme caution."
Hayajneh added that the lack of social distancing witnessed was the reason for the return of stricter measures on the Kingdom, noting that these restrictions came as a result of the high percentage of positive PCR tests which were witnessed after the abolition of the Friday lockdown.
Earlier Wednesday, the government announced the reimposition of Friday lockdowns in Jordan, in addition to new curfew hours, in an effort to halt the sudden jump in coronavirus numbers.
On Oct. 20, 2020, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh announced that a total lockdown will be imposed every Friday in order to curb COVID-19 infections, and on Jan. 13, 2021, he abolished Friday lockdowns due to the improvements witnessed in regards to the COVID-19 situation in the Kingdom.
He added that the Kingdom has the capacity to effectively treat COVID-19 patients, pointing out that there are 4,000 beds dedicated to treating patients in all governmental, private, and field hospitals.
Monday, the Minister of Health stated that Jordanian hospitals are still far from being overwhelmed, with admission rates not exceeding 20 percent.
Notably, Hayajneh indicated that no decisions have been discussed in regards to COVID-19 related restrictions during the holy month of Ramadan.