COVID-19 epidemiological situation in Jordan good, improving: health minister

Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-05 03:18:42|Editor: huaxia

AMMAN, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Jordanian Health Minister Nathir Obeidat announced on Monday that the COVID-19 epidemiological situation in the country is good and improving.

A field hospital has started operations in the capital Amman to treat coronavirus patients, Obeidat said at a press conference, adding two others in Irbid and Aqaba will soon be opened and a fourth one will be established in the southern city of Maan.

"The improvement in the epidemiological situation does not mean we are safe, as we are still battling the virus, and more caution is needed. We all must adhere to physical distancing and wearing masks," the minister noted.

He revealed that Jordan will receive a new type of coronavirus testing kit that produces results faster and will be used in facilities such as schools and factories.

COVID-19 vaccines will be available in Jordan in three weeks, the minister said.

On Monday, Jordan reported 1,623 new COVID-19 cases and 16 more deaths, raising the total case load and the death toll to 299,831 and 3,919 respectively.

Meanwhile, 2,444 more recoveries from the virus were registered, bringing the total recoveries in Jordan to 278,929.

On May 31, 2020, China donated a batch of medical supplies to Jordan to help combat the coronavirus. The donation includes 10,000 medical protection suits, 60,000 medical face masks, 10,000 gloves, 200 body temperature scanning devices and 20,000 testing kits.

Later on April 4, a batch of medical supplies was donated to Jordan by China's Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation. On April 27, China's State Development & Investment Corporation (SDIC), a key partner of Jordan's Arab Potash Company, donated medical supplies worth 1.2 million U.S. dollars to help Jordan fight COVID-19. In April, Urumchi, capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, also donated a batch of medical equipment to Jordan's Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. Enditem