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Cases rise as officials’ assessments seem to be split

Over the past week there have been between 10 and 50 cases per 100,000 people in Jordan, whereas, the number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people was between 0.5 and 1.5 percent.  (Photo: Unsplash)
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AMMAN — Opinions vary widely between concerned authorities as to the seriousness of the COVID-19 situation, and whether or not it is stable.اضافة اعلان

The head of the National Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases Center described Jordan’s health situation as generally reassuring, despite the high number of infections. Meanwhile, a member of the National Epidemiological Committee, Dr Najwa Khuri, said that health situation is not good and that plans should be implemented to address it.

Khuri told Jo24 that the Ministry of Health is required to announce the number of occupied ICU beds.

She said vaccination rates have dropped over the past 10 days by about 30 percent, the causes of this drop need to be examined and addressed. Khuri said that vaccination and enforcing mask-wearing in both public and private institutions are still the way to control the spread of the disease.

Dr Bassam Hijjawi, another member of the committee, said that the reason for the significant increase in the number of infections is due to the increase in the number of tests; over 47,000 tests were conducted on Tuesday.

Hijjawi said that schools reopening and the lack of commitment to home quarantine are other reasons for the rise in infections, adding that Monday’s infection numbers surprised the committee.

He pointed out that there will be an important decision at the end of this week if the increase in the number of cases continues to rise.

Hijjawi explained that the high rate of admissions to hospitals is a real problem that may continue until the end of winter, which will consequently affect the country’s hospital capacity.

Dr Ibrahim Al-Bdour, head of the Health Committee at the National Center for Human Rights, said that a return to closures in Jordan depends on occupancy rates at hospitals.

Bdour explained on Roya TV, that the number of infections in the Kingdom is likely to rise in the coming days, adding that the rate of infection has topped a thousand infected each week.

He said that the reasons for the notable increase in the number of infections is due to the low rate of social immunity, the general reopening of the economy, and gatherings in markets, at parties, in schools, and at universities.

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