Gov't to study revoking Defense Law in Jordan

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AMMAN — The government has announced plans to study the revocation of Defense Law No. (13) of 1992 in the coming days, following the World Health Organization's (WHO) announcement that the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a global health emergency. اضافة اعلان

Minister of Government Communication and government spokesperson, Faisal Shboul, made the announcement, stating that the Defense Law is a permanent piece of legislation that is reinstated to face emergency circumstances. It is set by a Cabinet decision and approved by a Royal decree.

Shboul added that the law has been in place for three years, noting multiple defense orders and their executive communiqués were issued during its implementation, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Return to normalLife in Jordan has returned to normal, and pandemic-related restrictions were lifted last year, said Shboul.

While the Defense Law is almost no longer applicable, Shboul noted that the government will review the impacts of defense orders and issued communiques, such as Defense Order No. (6).

Shboul emphasized that revoking the Defense Law means returning life to pre-COVID conditions, and the pre-pandemic laws in force will be applied.

COVID-19 no longer ‘global health emergency’WHO's declaration that the COVID-19 pandemic no longer constitutes a global health emergency does not mean the end of the disease, but rather it will become a communicable disease similar to influenza, according to Shboul.

The classification of the Ministry of Health and National Committee for Epidemics Control will categorize COVID-19 as a communicable disease.

Shboul praised citizens' awareness and their response to health instructions and requirements during the pandemic, as well as the role of Jordan's health system, whose capabilities have tripled and have sufficient experience to deal with pandemics.

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