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‘Kingdom past peak of second COVID-19 wave’

Hijjawi
Masked shoppers are seen in Downtown Amman in this recent photo. (Photo: Ameer Khalifa/JNews)
AMMAN – Jordan has reached the peak of the second COVID-19 wave, eight weeks following its outbreak, a member of the National Committee for Epidemics and Communicable Diseases said on Thursday.اضافة اعلان

In remarks to Jordan Television, Bassam Hijjawi said that the number of fatalities is at its highest since the start of the pandemic, noting however that the current death rate reflects the infection rate of two to three weeks earlier.

Hijjawi was hopeful that the number of coronavirus-related fatalities will drop over the coming week.

Jordan on Wednesday recorded 111 COVID-related deaths, its highest toll since the start of the pandemic.

However, the number of recorded infection cases was down to 6,570, while the positivity rate of PCR test results stood at around 15.22 percent, down from its peak numbers averaging 9,000 cases a day and 20 percent positivity rate.

Hijjawi expected the numbers of infections and deaths to decline with the continuation of commitment to health and public safety regulations, as well as the progress of the inoculation campaign.

In this regard, he noted that around 1 million people have registered to the Health Ministry’s vaccination platform so far.