Gradual ending of COVID-19 restrictions to be announced ‘within weeks’

A healthcare worker holds a COVID-19 vaccine vial and syringe in an undated photo. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — According to various local media outlets, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh said Saturday that the government intends to announce a gradual ending of COVID-19 restrictions within weeks. He added that this will have a positive impact on most sectors, without providing further elaboration. اضافة اعلان

Later on Saturday, minister of State for Media Affairs and official spokesperson for the government, Faisal Al-Shboul, told Al-Mamlaka TV that the government through the National Epidemiological Committee, the Ministry of Health, and relevant institutions, is following up on the epidemiological situation, and will review the timing and form of procedures set in place to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic.

Shboul stressed that the pandemic is still present, and it is necessary to continue to confront it with vaccinations and other preventive measures.

Regarding the possibility of suspending the publication of the daily coronavirus brief by the Ministry of Health, Shboul said: “No decision has been taken yet.”

On Friday, the head of the Health Committee at the National Center for Human Rights, Ibrahim Al-Badour, called for publishing coronavirus statistics on a weekly basis, and questioned the feasibility of issuing the daily statistic.

Meanwhile, assistant director-general of the King Hussein Cancer Center, Munther Al-Hawarat, told Ammon News Saturday, that countries that began to abolish coronavirus restrictions had passed the 70 percent mark of vaccinating their citizens. He said that Jordan should base its review of procedures on the percentage of citizens who had received the vaccine.

He said that “beginning to open up while you are still in the early stage of vaccinations and have not yet reached 50 percent is risky, and therefore one should be careful.”

Hawarat also said that it is possible to open up with caution, relying on a base vaccination rate of 45 percent, and stressed the need to focus on vaccinations.

A government source later confirmed to Ammon News that no list of measures related to the COVID-19 epidemic were agreed upon.

The source said that the government began studying canceling measures related to COVID-19 some time ago, but the mechanism for canceling the restrictions imposed are still being debated.

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