Jordan begins 48-hour complete coronavirus lockdown

Jordan rolls out full curfew for 48-hours to curb coronavirus spread
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10 April, 2020
Jordan imposed a new 48 hour curfew to curb the coronavirus. The move follows a similar curfew that was put in place indefinitely and later retracted.
The country has so far reported 153 cases of covid-19 but no deaths [AFP]
The Jordanian government announced a 48-hour round-the-clock curfew starting from midnight on Thursday, to allow epidemiological teams to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The government first introduced a similar curfew on 14 March, before relaxing it by giving people limited hours to shop for basic goods on foot.

Jordan previously announced an indefinite round-the-clock curfew, saying people would not be permitted to leave their homes at all.

The previous curfew was relaxed following backlash from Jordan's residents. Prime Minister Omar Razzaz has said that people would be allowed on foot to shop for neccessities.

The country has so far reported 153 cases of covid-19 but no deaths.

Last Friday, a full curfew was imposed for 24 hours.

Also on Thursday, Health Minister Saad Jaber announced the death of a 69-year-old man from covid-19, alongside 14 new cases, bringing the total number of recorded infections to 372.

A private hospital was closed on Wednesday after three staff were infected with coronavirus. It will reopen on Saturday following a disinfection process.  

Meanwhile, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Tareq Hammouri said on Thursday that all economic sectors will be opened after electronic permits, enabling movement during the curfew, are prepared.

Read also: Jordan eases Covid-19 lockdown restrictions amid uproar

He added that goods would be allowed to be exported after checking the Kingdom's own needs.

A few days ago, the ministry ordered traders to stop exporting food products to boost the Kingdom's stockpiles.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and could lead to death.

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