Jordan tightens grip on gatherings amid rising COVID-19 cases

The government also discussed plans to implement COVID-19-related mechanisms in the education sector. (Supplied)
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Updated 14 September 2020

Jordan tightens grip on gatherings amid rising COVID-19 cases

  • Adaileh said the new restrictions include limiting operating capacity of public institutions and banning of hospital visits
  • A nationwide crackdown began on Monday to ensure public cooperation amid the new restrictions

DUBAI: Jordan will ramp up restrictions on social gatherings in the country, Minister of State Amjad Adaileh said, quashing rumors of a two-week blanket curfew.  

The move comes after the government discussed the country's coronavirus situation, led by the Minister of Health Saad Jaber, state news agency Petra has reported.

Adaileh said the new restrictions include limiting operating capacity of public institutions and banning of hospital visits.

Organizers of events will be held accountable, Adaileh added, while urging government firms to conduct future meetings virtually.

The government also discussed plans to implement COVID-19-related mechanisms in the education sector to ensure the safety of students and school staff. 

“The developments in the epidemiological situation and the unprecedented increase in the number of fatalities and infections requires from us all to be responsible and follow the utmost levels of caution to protect the homeland and its sons,” Adaileh said.

A nationwide crackdown began on Monday to ensure public cooperation amid the new restrictions.


No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

Updated 18 September 2020

No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

  • Kremlin observes ‘progress’ in the normalization of ties in the region

MOSCOW: Russia said it would be a “mistake” to think of peace in the Middle East without resolving the Palestinian issue.

The Foreign Ministry statement came on Thursday after Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the UAE at the White House on Tuesday.

Russia said it noted “progress” in the normalization of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that “the Palestinian problem remains acute.” 

“It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilization in the Middle East.” 

Moscow urged regional and global players to “ramp up coordinated efforts” to solve the issue. 

“Russia is ready for such joint work,” including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the Foreign Ministry said. 

US President Donald Trump has said similar US-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations. 

Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. 

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from its occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East.