Gov’t encourages public to test for COVID-19

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AMMAN — The National Center for Security and Crisis Management on Tuesday urged all citizens to visit free COVID-19 testing centers belonging to the Ministry of Health for PCR tests in order to assess the overall health situation in the Kingdom, according to local media outlets.اضافة اعلان

Adviser to the Prime Minister for Health Affairs Adel Al-Balbisi, responsible for the COVID-19 dossier, said that Jordan has seen an increase in the number of COVID cases over the past three weeks, which could point to a new wave of infections.

However, compared to previous waves, any potential new outbreak would be weak, he said, adding that the percentage of positive tests is close to those in the past and the increase may be due to increased testing.

Balbisi said that it is too early to consider the possibility of a new wave, adding that more data is required. This includes the number of hospital admissions and the number of deaths. He stressed that no COVID deaths have been recorded in Jordan for the past three weeks, and that only two deaths attributed to COVID have been recorded the past nine weeks.

On vaccinations, Balbisi said that a large proportion of the elderly have yet to receive a dose, and underlined their risk of infection.

Member of the National Committee of Epidemic Control Bassam Al-Hijjawi said that the pandemic is not over yet, that all countries in the world still see numbers go up, and that only the World Health Organization has the authority to declare it over.

According to Hijjawi, the numbers indicate the end of the fourth wave. He added that Omicron and its sub-variants are still worrying the world. While there have been no new mutations, Jordan has seen a rise in cases over the past three weeks, he said.

He attributed this increase to the fact that the public stopped following public health mandates, low vaccination rates, returning expatriates, more celebrations and gatherings, and a decrease in the prevalence of masks. He called on the public to wear masks whenever possible, despite it no longer being obligatory.

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