Published: 2021-04-25 13:19
Last Updated: 2021-07-28 22:02
The Minister of State for Media Affairs and the government's official spokesman, Sakher Dudin, and the head of the Parliament's health committee held a press conference to announce new mitigation decisions to confront the coronavirus pandemic, in light of the blessed month of Ramadan.
Sunday, the government held a meeting in the House of Representatives, in the presence of Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh and the Parliamentary Health Committee, to discuss the mitigating measures that will be taken in the remaining days of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.
During the press conference, MP Khalil Attiyah said that the MPs called on the government to reopen all sectors in Jordan, adding that Jordanians agreed on the need to reopen all sectors.
He continued "We demanded that mosques reopen and that Tarawih prayers be allowed during the month of Ramadan."
Attiyah said that the PM informed the MPs that the gradual reopening of sectors will begin May 15, and will be complete by July 1.
In turn, Dudin said "We are not okay with citizens living in Jordan with empty pockets."
He added that the government was aiming to reach a safe summer by June 1, however, now the government is aiming for July 1, stressing that this means reopening all sectors.
He added that Jordan has secured 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Regarding the mitigating measures, the government will announce them on Monday or Tuesday, he said.
Dudin added that the government takes full responsibility for any new decisions.
Dudin also spoke about online education, saying it is a temporary matter and there is no substitute for in-person education.
He added that the government plans to vaccinate all teachers in Jordan by Sep. 1.
He stressed the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be provided free of charge. However, he said that it seems that vaccines are not effective against the Indian COVID-19 mutation.