Jordan rides fourth wave of COVID-19, expected to last for 5 weeks

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A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine in this undated photo. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Adviser to the Prime Minister for Health Affairs and head of the COVID-19 file Adel Balbisi told Jordan News that COVID-19 virus infections in Jordan are increasing, adding that the first week of this year recorded 12,600 cases and the second week 19,000 cases.اضافة اعلان

Balbisi added that the number of hospitalized cases is still low, “which indicates that the epidemiological situation, despite the increase, is still under control”.

He also said that Jordan is already riding the fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic, expected to last for four to five weeks, “and then it hopefully starts to wane. The previous waves took about six to seven weeks, but this wave is expected to be less severe”.

Balbisi said that demand for the vaccine, whether the first, second, or even third dose, increased, adding that “in the last week of 2021, 180,000 citizens received the vaccine, whereas in the first week of 2022, 240,000 citizens received the vaccine”.

The official urged all citizens to take the vaccine, which is efficient in coping up with the virus, saying that “it is also recommended that we all take the third dose of the vaccine, because it contributes to raising the immunity from 40 to 80 percent, and helps deal with the Omicron and other variants”.

At the same time, he said, all citizens should adhere to the known safety measures, such as wearing masks and committing to physical distancing.

According to the summary issued by the Ministry of Health on Sunday, the positivity rate reached 11.77 percent, with 29,681 laboratory tests conducted Sunday, bringing the total number of tests to 1,4095,738 so far.

The number of recoveries reached 2,033, bringing the total recovery cases to 1,061,250, while the number of active infections reached 26,772.

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