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Jordanian king opens new coronavirus field hospital amid rise in cases

King Abdullah (right) inaugurated the new hospital [Twitter]

Date of publication: 25 November, 2020

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Jordan's King Abdullah II has inaugurated a 300-bed military field hospital dedicated to treating coronavirus patients amid a recent increase in the number of cases

Jordan's King Abdullah II has inaugurated a 300-bed military field hospital dedicated to coronavirus patients. 

The field hospital was established on the grounds of the Royal Medical Services' (RMS) Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein Hospital in Zarqa Governorate according to a Royal Court statement.

The first field hospital was built in two weeks and consists of 48 intensive care units, 12 intermediate care beds and 242 for normal cases.

“This hospital is equipped with full medical staff, doctors of various specialties, and required specialties to deal with this pandemic, in addition to full nursing staff to deal with these cases,” Brigadier-General Amjad Adnan of the RMS told The Associated Press.

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The JD 9 million (US$12.7 million) hospital aims to support the government's efforts in countering the coronavirus pandemic and to ease pressure on regular public hospitals, the statement added.

The Royal Medical Services said that two more field hospitals will be opened in the upcoming weeks, meaning the combined capacity of the three hospitals is set to reach 900 beds, including 220 ICU beds.

Jordan recorded a significant increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, where total infections rose to 192,966 with 2380 deaths.

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