Jordan resumes repatriation of stranded nationals

Around 2,000 repatriated Jordanians are still completing mandatory quarantine. (File/Petra)
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Updated 06 July 2020

Jordan resumes repatriation of stranded nationals

  • The government earlier halted the repatriation mission after recording a spike of COVID-19 infections in the country
  • Over 20,000 Jordanians have been repatriated over the mission’s last three stages

DUBAI: Registration for the fourth stage of Jordan’s repatriation mission is ongoing, an official said, with the first flight to begin on July 10.

Over 20,000 Jordanians have been repatriated over the mission’s last three stages, the country’s Director of the Crisis Management Cell Mazen Faraya said.

The last phase involved returning about 7,000 citizens, Faraya added, as reported by state news agency Petra.

He said the new batch of returnees travelling by land – estimated at 500 – will arrive on July 10, and will run for a period of three days from countries such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and Iraq.

The government earlier halted the repatriation mission after recording a spike of COVID-19 infections in the country – particularly among the returnees.

Faraya mentioned around 2,000 repatriated Jordanians are still completing mandatory quarantine.

The resumption of repatriation comes as the country continues to reopen local industries in a bid to counter the pandemic’s impact.

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Majd Shweikeh has announced the country would open application for people who want to visit Jordan for medical reasons.

She said 20 hospitals have expressed readiness to start receiving medical tourists.

Shweikeh noted there was a steep increase of people seeking medical treatment in Jordan, and measures have been put in place to ensure safety amid the pandemic.


Israeli military sets up coronavirus task force

Updated 41 min 25 sec ago

Israeli military sets up coronavirus task force

  • In a statement, the military said the new task force would begin operating next week
  • The unit will operate a sampling center, a quarantine center, recovery hotels, an evaluation complex and an epidemiological investigations center

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said Wednesday it was establishing a coronavirus task force aimed at cutting the chain of infection in the country.
In a statement, the military said the new task force would begin operating next week and connect all the different bodies under one umbrella. The unit, headed by a brigadier general, will operate a sampling center, a quarantine center, recovery hotels, an evaluation complex and an epidemiological investigations center.
The move looks to give the country’s largest organization overall responsibility for contact tracing at a time when the government has come under fire for its handling of the pandemic. The ministry of defense has long advocated utilizing the military’s vast infrastructure and resources to combat the spread of the virus but has been rebuffed till now because of inter-government squabbling.
Israel received praise for its early handling of the coronavirus crisis and imposing tight movement restrictions. But since reopening the economy in May new cases have spiked to record highs, with upwards of 2,000 infections a day. As part of his set of recommendations to stem the tide, the country’s new coronavirus czar said more responsibility should be handed over to the military.
The military said one of its main goals is to significantly shorten the waiting time for samples and epidemiological investigations.