Published: 2021-02-25 10:13
Last Updated: 2021-04-14 21:52
Thursday, the Minister of Health Nathir Obeidat said that studies have shown that imposing a total lockdown for a day or two helps reducing the number of COVID-19 infections.
Obeidat told Hayat FM that the government had to take the decision due to the fast spread of the mutated COVID-19 strains. He explained that the person infected with any of the mutated strains can transfer the virus to at least five people.
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.
The Minister of State for Media Affairs Ali al-Ayed said "The number of coronavirus infections have increased, and the rates of positive tests have risen to alarming rates which requires us to raise the pace of caution, and to take measures compatible with the level of these developments."
According to Ayed, the new, more contagious British mutation is likely to blame for the quickly rising numbers.