Random PCR tests resume in schools — Blbeisi

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AMMAN  — Random PCR tests will resume in schools, said Adel Blbeisi, Health Affairs adviser at the Prime Minister’s office and the country’s COVID-19 czar, according to a local news outlet.اضافة اعلان

Belbeisi appeared to reassure Jordanians that health officials are closely monitor conditions in schools to prevent a rise in the COVID-19 cases as a result of overcrowding in schools, which reopened after a summer break earlier this week.

Commenting on the speculation that more infections are plausible with the reopening of schools, Belbeisi said on Saturday that it is not necessary that the numbers would rise, contrary to what many expect.

He said that the epidemiological situation will be monitored closely in conjunction with the start of the school year.

Bilbeisi, however, urged parents to vaccinate their children to protect them from infection, and to have the symptoms be minor to moderate, if infected.

In separate remarks to Al-Mamlaka, Blbeisi said a batch of seasonal influenza vaccines will arrive in Jordan soon.

He said the batch is in line with a tender floated by the Ministry of Health to buy 80,000 doses of the seasonal flu vaccine.

On a vaccine for the monkeypox virus, Blbeisi confirmed that the government and the Ministry of Health have no intention of buying a vaccine since the disease is nonexistent in Jordan.

He noted that the COVID-19 infections have been on a decline in the past few weeks. For example, he said, “5,900 cases were recorded during the 32nd epidemiological week, 4,800 cases during the 33rd epidemiological week, and 3,900 cases during the 34th epidemiological week”, which ended last weekend.

He also pointed out that the positive PCR tests are still at the same level so far, but are likely to decrease in the coming weeks, indicating that nobody can predict the exact date of the end of the current COVID-19 wave. He explained that each COVID-19 wave “usually takes six to eight weeks.”

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