AMMAN, Oct 20 : The Jordanian government decided Tuesday to impose a comprehensive curfew on Fridays until December 31, 2020, in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Announcing the measure at a joint press conference with the minister of heath and the minister of state for media affairs, Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh said the comprehensive curfew will start from this Friday until the end of the year.
Nighttime curfew from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am will start as of this Saturday until the end of the year, he pointed out.
Schools, universities, cultural centers and vocational training institutes will continue applying remote learning until the end of the first semester with their occupancies being reduced by 50 percent, Petra news agency quoted the prime minister as saying.
Khasawneh indicated that these decisions were reached after a meeting earlier today with relevant stakeholders in the fight against the pandemic.
On his part, Minister of Health Nathir Obaidat briefed reporters on the latest developments of the epidemical situation in the Kingdom.
He said that Covid-19 has claimed 34 lives and infected 2,035 people, which brought the death toll to 414 and the overall lab-confirmed infections to 40,972.
As many as 117 patients have recovered and 25,500 tests have been conducted over the past 24 hours which raised the overall tests to 1.617 million since the outbreak of the pandemic in the Kingdom on March 16, the minister added. (KUNA)