Jordan gears up for national lockdown

In order to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases, Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh on Sunday announced that a five-day nationwide lockdown would be imposed from Nov. 11, a day after the country’s parliamentary elections.

According to the Jordanian Health Ministry, Jordan registered 3,259 new cases on Sunday, bringing the overall tally to 75,866. The kingdom also reported 37 new deaths, with the current COVID-19 death toll standing at 866.

Addressing a press conference in the kingdom’s capital Amman, the prime minister said the lockdown would start around 5:00 p.m. local time on Nov. 11.

In addition to the upcoming lockdown, Jordan also put forward new restrictions, which included minimizing large gatherings, increasing the curfew time by one hour and closing amusement parks and gyms.

“Starting tomorrow, there will be more police patrols that would enforce the defense laws related to wearing face masks and issue fines against violators,” Khasawneh added.

He urged citizens to act more responsibly and to abide by the health rules such as wearing face masks and ensuring social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.