Strict movement curbs in Jordan to halt virus spread

A laborer sprays disinfectant in Jordan’s archaeological city of Petra south of the capital Amman to prevent the spread of coronavirus on Tuesday. (AFP)
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Updated 18 March 2020

Strict movement curbs in Jordan to halt virus spread

  • Jordan announced that 4,700 people, mostly Jordanians, who recently arrived from abroad are under a 14-day quarantine, with most of them in hotels in Amman and the Dead Sea area

AMMAN: Jordan took extraordinary steps to restrict movement of people in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
A government directive ordered the closure of all non-essential organizations and institutions, and the limit of travel to essential services. Travel within districts will be restricted except for those on important humanitarian work.
The directive, announced by Amjad Adaileh, minister of state for media affairs, also noted that exceptions would be decided by the prime minister. A government spokesperson told Arab News that the decisions taken were based on pre-existing laws, with legal experts hesitant to support special emergency laws to justify them.
A military communique also stated that army units would be placed outside major cities to ensure that only essential travel was permitted. Medical personnel, the media and other essential workers are exempt on condition of showing proper identification.
Jordan also announced that 4,700 people, mostly Jordanians, who recently arrived from abroad are under a 14-day quarantine, with most of them in hotels in Amman and the Dead Sea area. The number of people affected by the virus in the country stands at 35.
One person has been declared to have recovered, according to the Ministry of Health. Among those with the virus are six people from the Irbid district who attended a wedding, including the groom and his father, who had traveled from Spain five days earlier.

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The Baptist convention in Jordan has made a newly built school in Zarqa available for the government to use.

The JETT national bus company announced that it was putting all its transportation fleet at the service of the government. Amman also announced that 550,000 Jordanian dollars ($775,00) had been donated by major companies, including the Arab Potash Company, the Housing Bank, the Jordanian Petrol Refinery Company and the Jordan Chamber of Commerce towards fighting the virus.
The Baptist Convention in Jordan has also made a newly built school in Zarqa available for the government to use after Rev. Suheil Madanat, head of the Jordan Baptist Convention, sent a letter to Prime Minister Omar Razzaz.
Rev. Nabeeh Abbasi, member of the Jordan Evangelical Council representing Baptists, told Arab News that the decision was done as part of the church’s social responsibility. “Our faith and our desire to be an active supporter of our country’s national needs let us put all our resources and assets in the service of our people and we pray to the Almighty to protect Jordan.”


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DUBAI: Efforts to return life gradually back to some kind of normality in parts of the Middle East continue, as governments get ready to reopen borders and airlines take bookings for flights. 
Tunisia said it will open its sea, land and air borders on June 27 in the hope of rescuing its tourism industry as the coronavirus pandemic comes under control.
Emirates airline also announced that it was taking bookings for flights from Dubai to 12 Arab countries from the start of July. Emirates began operating scheduled flight services to nine destinations around the world from May 21, including London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.
Meanwhile, Lebanon’s commercial complexes, hotels, cafes and museums reopened their doors to customers on Monday after closing for two-and-a-half months. 

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10:24 - Kuwait has confirmed 887 coronavirus cases and the recovery of 50 percent of total infected people.

10:22 - UAE has recorded 596 coronavirus cases and 388 recoveries.

09:43 - New reported cases of coronavirus are steadily declining in Western Europe, but not in Russia and Eastern Europe: World Health Organization spokeswoman said.

09:34 - Formula One has unveiled an eight-race schedule in Europe from July 5 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

09:32 - Iran has reported 64 coronavirus deaths, 3,117 cases, raising total infected people to 157,562 with 7,942 fatalities.

09:20 - The number of coronavirus deaths in Britain is close to 50,000, Reuters reported.

09:07 – Hong Kong will extend restrictions on foreign visitors by another three months and an eight-person limit on group gatherings by two weeks, Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on Tuesday.
Both measures were due to expire later in June.
Travellers to Hong Kong need to undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine period.

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08:16 – Senegal has postponed the restart of schools until further notice after several teachers tested positive for the new coronavirus, the education ministry said late on Monday.

07:51 – Russia has confirmed 8,863 coronavirus cases and 182 deaths in the past 24 hours.

07:02 – A Wuhan doctor who worked with coronavirus whistleblower Li Wenliang died of the virus last week, state media reported Tuesday, becoming China's first COVID-19 fatality in weeks.
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06:45 – The first Rohingya refugee died from coronavirus in Bangladesh, an official said.

05:59Egypt has sanitized prisons and carried out tests on prisoners across the country after banning visits to help curb the spread of coronavirus, local daily Egypt Today reported.

05:50 – A cluster of nine coronavirus cases raised concerns in Hong Kong over renewed local transmission in a city that has been one of the most successful in keeping the pandemic under control. 

05:18 – The United States on Monday recorded 743 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, bringing its total to 105,099 since the global pandemic began.