43 local Covid-19 cases, 16 patients recovered-MoH

Minister of Health, Dr. Saad Jaber, has announced that 44 new Covid-19 cases were recorded, including 43 local infections, bringing the total caseload to 1,482.


Speaking during a press conference at the Prime Ministry on Wednesday, Jaber said 22 cases were registered at the Al-Omari Border Crossing-18 infections involve Egyptian workers, 2 Pakistanis, and 2 Jordanians.


Three other local cases were recorded in the Ramtha district to contacts and 15 infections were also recorded in the capital, Amman to contacts of confirmed cases- 11 Jordanians, 3 Egyptians and 1 Iraqi, in addition to 2 cases in Zarqa and 1 in Aqaba governorates, according to Jaber.


Over 13 consecutive days, 195 local cases were recorded, he said, adding 16 recoveries were recorded during the past 24 hours.


The minister announced the investigation teams have conducted 7294 tests today, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 713214.


75 new epidemiological teams have joined efforts to track the disease, he pointed out.


On returning to schools and universities, he said: The government has put in place a health protocol in cooperation with higher education and the competent authorities, stressing the importance of the family’s awareness role towards their children.


In this context, he urged students to adhere to physical distancing and other preventive measures.


Jaber pointed out that the government is working within a “clear” strategy regarding the epidemiological situation and its developments, adding plans are in place to contain the worst possibilities to avoid overburdening the Kingdom’s medical system.


The minister attributed the reason behind the increase in infection cases to laxity and recklessness at border centers, citizens’ non-compliance, and the mass gatherings .


Continuing:” The battle against the pandemic has not ended, he said, adding the disease is “dangerous and is spreading rapidly,” as 1 case has transmitted infection to 38 people.”


Jaber called on citizens to shun “violating” gatherings, adhere to physical distancing, wearing masks, and using sterilizers.


Source: Jordan News Agency

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