Experts in Jordan call for new restrictions as Covid-19 cases pass 1 million mark

Experts in Jordan call for new restrictions as Covid-19 cases pass 1 million mark
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25 December, 2021
Jordan has called for new restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus as cases continue to surge during the winter season.
Experts have urged Jordan to tighten restrictions [Getty]

Jordanian authorities are urging residents to adhere to coronavirus precautionary measures, as over one million cases of the virus have been recorded due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

Health experts have called for more measures to encourage residents to take vaccines, wear masks, and maintain social distancing. They warn that a surge in cases could lead to more restrictions.

"Cases have been skyrocketing over the past few months ... The public does not follow the health measures seriously. At the same time, lack of proper enforcement of the regulations may exacerbate the situation," Saeb Rawashdeh, a political analyst at the Jordan Press Foundation, told Xinhua news agency.

As per governmental guidelines, the public is not allowed to enter commercial centres, malls and public spaces without showing their vaccination certification or a negative PCR result. 

Despite the restrictions still being in place, there isn't as much pressure to implement them, Rawashdeh explained.

On Thursday, the government said it will add new measures to deal with the virus. Residents are now required to provide the certificate of two-dose vaccination and a negative PCR result valid for 48 hours to attend the New Year's celebrations.

Jordan reported 2,239 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases to 1,047,953.