PM says gov't won't reintroduce total lockdown | Jordan News | Ammon News

PM says gov't won't reintroduce total lockdown

[9/16/2020 9:13:50 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Wednesday said his government will not resort to the re-imposition of a total curfew and stressed that this requires strong commitment by the public to health safety measures with the spike in COVID-19 infections.

Speaking to a local morning radio show, Razzaz said the uptick in daily cases is not limited to Jordan only, but includes most countries in the world and region, where the daily case load in neighboring countries hit 4,000.

Although the government's preemptive response helped maintain a small number of infections, the prime minister said, but "now we are in a more ferocious second phase of the fight against the pandemic".

The premier further added that the lockdowns introduced in the early stage of the crisis helped the Kingdom boost its health capabilities, including increasing hospital and ICU capacity, expanding epidemiological teams to 178 and ramping up daily testing.

"The past seven months have given the government the time to prepare for the worst scenarios that we do not want to reach because this may exhaust the entire health system," Razzaz indicated.

On recent measures to shut down mosques and switch to distance education, the prime minister said they are intended to stem the rise in infections and put the pandemic's incidence back on a downward trajectory.

He added: "If we succeed, the success will be mutual, and we will ease the measures after two weeks, but if the numbers rise, we will resort to other scenarios."

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