Citizens locally infected with Omicron ‘will be quarantined at gov’t expense’

An undated photo of a health worker at a COVID-19 testing site. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
AMMAN — A senior health official said Saturday that infections with the new Omicron variant that are being discovered inside the Kingdom will be subjected to institutional quarantine at the government's expense.اضافة اعلان

Advisor at the Prime Ministry for Health Affairs Adel Balbisi told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that the institutional quarantine will be applied to Jordanians coming from seven African countries, which witnessed the spread of the Omicron variant, and at their own expense, regardless of the result of the PCR test at Queen Alia International Airport.

Government decisions ban entry to non-Jordanians from seven countries, namely South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nambia, Eswatini and Botswana, Balbisi noted. He pointed out that in case non-Jordanians from those countries wish to visit the Kingdom, they are required to be in another country for 14 days, and to bring a negative PCR test, and the will be retested at the airport.

He said that only confirmed cases of infection with Omicron variant will be announced, and no suspected cases of the variant will be announced until they are confirmed.

On Thursday, the Health Ministry reported the first two cases of the Omicron variant in the Kingdom; the first infection was for a citizen coming from South Africa who was directly quarantined in a hotel in Amman, and the second for a citizen who had no recent travel history outside the Kingdom and was quarantined in a hotel in Amman as well.

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