Coronavirus: Jordan health minister warns of second wave

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Saad Jaber dropped his triumphant tone after announcing the end of the contagion in the kingdom on Monday

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

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Jordan’s health minister backtracked after announcing the “death” of coronavirus in the kingdom this week, calling for vigilance against the possibility of a second wave.

Mr Jaber told Al Mamlaka television on Sunday that the virus “has dried up and died in Jordan” and that there was no longer “internal transmission.”

His comments drew outrage on social media, with Jordanians saying he compromised efforts to convince people to adhere to social distancing and other containment measures.

The minister said on Monday he was just simplifying “specialist medical and technical” terms.

“The start of a second wave in China and in many other countries in the world requires more caution and implementing precautionary health measures,” Mr Jaber told official media.

He said the authorities have responded “efficiently” to the coronavirus.

"This achievement needs to be preserved through wearing masks, adhering to social distancing, avoiding assembly, especially in closed areas, and personal hygiene and continued disinfection,” Mr Jaber said.

On Monday, the health ministry announced seven new cases, including three Jordanians who came from Saudi Arabia and two non-Jordanian truck drivers. The ministry provided no information about the remaining two cases.

Jordan’s government has officially confirmed 1,128 cases of the coronavirus and nine deaths.

Updated: June 30, 2020 02:28 PM

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