State Minister : Release of those in quarantine will start Monday

28-03-2020 10:21 AM

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - State Minister for Media Affairs Amjad Adaileh said Saturday that the release of people in quarantine at hotels in the Dead Sea, Amman and the rest of the country, will be released starting Monday, according to a well-studied plan depending on the quarantine date and ensuring that none of them were infected with the coronavirus.

In a joint press briefing with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi at the National Center for Security and Crisis Management, Adaileh said he was sorry that Jordan reported its first coronavirus death, a woman in her eighties.

"We received, with all regret, last night the news of the death of a Jordanian woman, who was infected with the novel coronavirus," he said, expressing condolences to her family and wishing the other sick people quick recovery.

He said that "the health situation of all those infected, and the health situation in general, is under control," adding that 35 Ministry of Health epidemiological investigation teams are working around the clock to detect any suspected cases, and that the number of the teams will be increased to 80 to speed up the discovery of cases.

Adaileh said that His Majesty King Abdullah II was this morning following up on the latest developments with the Prime Minister, and was reassured on the conditions of citizens in the various regions of the Kingdom and on the government's measures to protect the citizens and provide them with basic commodities.

Commenting on flouting the curfew order, Adaileh said that authorities "unfortunately" recorded some behaviors by a few last night, reiterating that these violations and abuses harm the health of citizens, delay the lifting of the curfew and prolong the crisis. He vowed that the competent authorities will firmly deal with these practices in accordance with the law.

He also said that permits granted to staff at government institutions and vital sectors to move during the curfew are strictly controlled and warned that anyone trying to forfeit them will face a stiff penalty.

Adaileh also announced the creation of an account by the Ministry of Social Development, dubbed (Charity Account), to help needy families, adding that funds will be allocated to help families whose income stopped as a result of the curfew.

He said the account will accept cash donations and internal and external bank transfers.

The minister also said that the government this morning launched a platform ( to deliver goods to homes in all the governorates of the Kingdom, noting that the platform contains lists of groceries and food stores via which orders can be made through smart applications.

He said that the delivery service will be available daily from 10 am till 6 pm, pointing out that a public safety guide was circulated to service providers and that adherence to which is strictly monitored by specialized teams during the delivery process.

Adaileh also told the briefing that the government will this week look into extending the leave for all public and private sector institutions, schools, universities and the other various sectors, which expires Tuesday evening.

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