Jordan imposes 48-hour lockdown, but with exceptions

Travelers required to take a PCR test must do so during the lockdown, but should also refer to an accredited laboratory that carries a movement permit. (File/AFP)
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Updated 15 October 2020

Jordan imposes 48-hour lockdown, but with exceptions

  • Exceptions include those released from hospitals and the Dead Sea quarantine area, and cancer and dialysis patients
  • All medical personnel working in the public and private sectors are also exempt from the ban on movement

DUBAI: Jordan will impose a 48-hour lockdown starting Friday but with exceptions, state news agency Petra reported.
The National Center for Security and Crisis Management said travelers and passengers arriving from abroad with one companion are exempt from the ruling, but a copy of their travel ticket must be presented.
Exceptions also include those released from hospitals and the Dead Sea quarantine area, and cancer and dialysis patients.
NCSCM added that all medical personnel working in the public and private sectors are also exempt from the ban on movement during the lockdown.
Meanwhile security and protection company employees will also be exempt on Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
Travelers required to take a PCR test must do so during the lockdown, but should also refer to an accredited laboratory that carries a movement permit. The permit enables the laboratory to examine the person at his or her home and give the result electronically, the report said.
Pet store owners are exempt from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, provided they carry a license from the municipality and the Ministry of Agriculture.
The center also exempted employees who stay overnight at their work but they cannot leave the office for any reason whatsoever and until the end of the lockdown.


Algeria president to return ‘within days’ from German hospital

Updated 28 min 36 sec ago

Algeria president to return ‘within days’ from German hospital

  • The presidency said Tebboune had left the hospital and was having a ‘period of convalescence’ as recommended by his medical team
  • Tebboune, who is 75 and a heavy smoker, was admitted to hospital in Germany on October 28 to undergo ‘in-depth medical examinations’

ALGIERS: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is to return home within days after a month of hospitalization in Germany with coronavirus, his office said Monday.
“The president of the republic assures the Algerian people about his health, that he is on the way to recovery and will be returning home in the coming days,” it said in a statement.
The presidency said Tebboune had left the hospital and was having a “period of convalescence” as recommended by his medical team. It gave no other details.
Tebboune, who is 75 and a heavy smoker, was admitted to hospital in Germany on October 28 to undergo “in-depth medical examinations,” according to the presidency.
He was transferred from a facility in the Algerian capital days after going into self-isolation following reports of novel coronavirus cases among his aides.
A day before he was transferred abroad, the presidency said Tebboune’s “state of health does not raise any concern” but a week later it announced he had contracted Covid-19.
While he was still in hospital in Germany, his office also said the president had finished his treatment and was undergoing “post-protocol medical tests.”
But updates on his medical condition have been irregular and his lengthy absence fueled speculation and fears of a political vacuum.
Monday’s statement was the first released by his office since mid-November.