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23 mars 2020 | 16h20 UTC

Jordan: Country to indefinitely extend curfew from March 23 to curb COVID-19 transmission /update 7

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Jordan to indefinitely extend curfew, keeping supermarkets, other stores closed from March 23 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19); further international spread of COVID-19 to be expected over near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 23/3/2020, 12h00 until 31/3/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Amman). COUNTRY/REGION Jordan

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On Monday, March 23, Jordan announced that it would indefinitely extend a curfew aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the country, keeping supermarkets and other commercial establishments closed. The country plans to deliver food, water, gas cylinders, and medicines to people across the country through the end of the week.

The move comes after the Jordanian government announced on Friday, March 20, that a nationwide ban on nonessential movement would go into effect at 07:00 (local time) on Saturday, March 21, to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. The army sealed the capital, Amman, off from the rest of the country on Thursday, March 19, and put its ten million residents on lockdown. Jordan's air, land, and sea borders have been closed to incoming and outgoing traffic since Tuesday, March 17.

As of March 23, over 110 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Jordan. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.


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 (China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


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 general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures: 

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or 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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