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06 Oct 2020 | 05:34 PM UTC

Jordan: Lockdown in parts of Amman, Jerash, and Mafraq implemented from October 7 to 14 /update 39

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Full lockdown in parts of Amman, Jerash, and Mafraq to be implemented from October 7 to 14; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/6/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Amman). COUNTRY/REGION Jordan, Amman, Jerash, Mafraq

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Event

Jordanian authorities announced on Tuesday, October 6, that a full lockdown will be implemented in parts of Amman, Jerash, and Mafraq following a rise in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in those cities. The full lockdown will be implemented in Al-Maqablayn, Al-Salehein, and Umm Nowara in Amman, Marsala in Jerash, and Balama in Mafraq. The lockdown will begin from 06:00 (local time) on October 7.

Authorities in Jordan have recently imposed a number of local curfews and lockdowns in COVID-19 hotspots.

Regularly scheduled flights from Amman's Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) resumed on September 8. Rules for incoming passengers depend on the epidemiological situation in their countries of origin, with a color-coded classification list regularly updated by the Transport Ministry. The latest list can be found here. A minimum of one week of self-isolation to a maximum of two weeks of quarantine may be required for arriving passengers. All travelers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test administered in the previous 72-hours prior to travel and will also be tested on arrival.

As of Tuesday, October 6, health authorities have confirmed 17,464 COVID-19 cases in Jordan, with 122 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on the skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay. To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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