Quarantine for medical, educational personnel to be shortened

A health worker administering a COVID-19 vaccine in an undated photo. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The isolation period of COVID-19 infected medical personnel and employees of educational institutions may be shortened, but additional procedures might be taken, said General-Secretary of the Ministry of Health for Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, Adel Al-Balbisi, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

On the other hand, Balbisi said that currently there is no plan to shorten the quarantine period of other COVID-19 patients, which currently ranges from seven to 10 days.

Balbisi also said that the return of Tawjihi students to schools does not pose a danger on them, and expressed his belief that schools are not a focal point for the transmission of the virus.

The school is a community environment, and there is need for a protocol for the return to schools, he said, adding that the decision to postpone the return to school for the second semester was taken based on the expectation that the pandemic would reach its peak in mid-February.

Balbisi stressed the need to reach a balance between the right to health and the right to education, but emphasizing the need for in-person education for students.

High school students who returned to school on Tuesday had to follow the health protocol in place, said Balbisi, adding that in case the number of cases in any class or school grows by more than 10 percent, the students will revert to distance-education.

There are two theories regarding the future of the pandemic, Balbisi said. The first suggests that COVID-19 will become a seasonal disease, allowing for the eventual possibility of herd immunity, and the second proposes that as long as the virus continues to spread, new variants will continue to mutate.

Balbisi also expected the number of cases to rise to 75,000 with a positivity rate of 30 percent, AmmanNet reported.

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