Gov’t discusses epidemiological situation in light of Covid-19 infections hike

A Cabinet session, chaired by Prime Minister, Bisher Khasawneh, on Sunday discussed developments of the epidemiological situation in light of Coronavirus (Covid-19) infections and positive tests rates hike during the past few days.


During the session, the Prime Minister said oversight on adherence to preventive and public safety measures for individuals and businesses, and in public and private sector institutions must be tightened and intensified, stressing that any committed violations won’t be tolerated, and defense orders and instructions issued pursuant to them against violators will be applied.


He also stressed the need to intensify monitoring of individuals and businesses, including bakeries and markets, especially in light of the expected weather conditions, calling for ensuring everyone’s commitment to wearing face masks and physical distancing, as well as avoiding gatherings, in order to preserve the health and safety of citizens, and to avoid spreading of infection among them in light of the developments in the epidemiological situation.


The Premier directed that the National Committee for Epidemics (NCE) and health authorities to remain in session to study the developments of the epidemiological situation, and conduct a periodic evaluation, in order to review the recommendations issued and based on medical opinions before taking appropriate decisions.


The Cabinet was also briefed by Health Minister, Nathir Obeidat, on the developments of the epidemiological situation in light of Covid-19)infections hike and positive tests rates.


On the other hand, and in preparation for the upcoming weather conditions in the middle of this week, Khasawneh urged ministries and relevant stakeholders to raise preparedness, activating operation rooms to deal with any emergency and maintaining coordination between various ministries and institutions and the National Center for Security and Crisis Management (NCSCM) during the expected weather. He also called for developing follow-up reports to be distributed to all relevant stakeholders on the developments of the weather conditions and its implications.


The Prime Minister directed concerned ministers to be present in the field with teams and cadres concerned with dealing with the weather conditions, and meet citizens needs during these conditions, especially in the governorates that might be the most affected by the expected weather.


Khasawneh underscored the need to ensure the availability of basic goods and fuel, and maintain the work of hospitals, main roads and public facilities necessary to serve citizens.


Source: Jordan News Agency

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