Jordan considers taking new COVID-19 measures


Published: 2023-01-01 14:21

Last Updated: 2024-04-18 04:34

Jordan considers taking new COVID-19 measures
Jordan considers taking new COVID-19 measures

The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health for Primary Health Care and Epidemiology, Raed Al-Shboul, revealed Sunday that the Health Ministry had met with the Epidemiology Committee several days ago, to discuss imposing new measures on those coming from China, following the high number of coronavirus cases the Asian country has been witnessing.

Shboul told Roya that the ministry is looking to take new measures but no decision has been made yet.

He added that all scenarios were presented to the ministry, based on the decisions of the World Health Organization regarding the increase in COVID-19 infections in China.

According to Shaboul, the strain of coronavirus that is prevalent in the world now is one of the strains of the rapidly spreading Omicron mutant, but the Ministry of Health is not worried.

Additionally, a source in the Ministry of Interior told Roya that the ministry did not receive any new measures from the Ministry of Health regarding those coming from China and is waiting for the new decisions.

Notably, concerns regarding the rising number of COVID-19 cases in China are mounting worldwide, as France, Italy, and Spain this week imposed Covid testing requirements. While saying it saw no need to impose routine tests, Germany is seeking a coordinated system to monitor variants across European airports.

Sweden also announced that European Union countries will meet next week to discuss a joint response to travelers from China amid concern over the country's explosion of COVID cases.

"Sweden is seeking a common policy for the entire EU when it comes to the introduction of possible entry restrictions," the Swedish government said in a statement.

Stockholm, which takes over the rotating EU presidency on January 1, said it had called a meeting of the Council's crisis management mechanism IPCR for Wednesday.

"It is important that we quickly get the necessary measures in place," it said.

Beijing has abruptly ended its draconian "zero COVID" policy, resulting in an explosion of infections in the country, which has prompted several EU member states to impose COVID tests on travelers from China.