Jordan: Recent Covid-19 Spike ‘Spook’ Government Into Eid Lockdown


Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Omar Razzaz on Thursday mentioned that the variety of recorded COVID-19 circumstances throughout current days has led the federal government to unanimously comply with the advice of the National Epidemiological Committee. and the Minister of Health and take additional precautionary and preventive measures.

In an interview with Fayek Hijazin, the Director General of the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the prime minister mentioned that the federal government “is relentless in the battle against the pandemic”, warning that any slowdown or leniency on this regard may have “very dangerous repercussions”.

During the interview, the premier offered a set of measures the federal government has taken for the reason that starting of the disaster.

He confused that the “Himmat Watan” Fund comes below the umbrella of social solidarity, including that the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) has additionally supplied services to allow corporations to pay the salaries of their staff, which go on to the workers’ accounts.

In these corporations, 25,000 staff have acquired salaries by way of these services, he mentioned, whereas the Social Security Corporation (SSC) has developed new programmes along with the unemployment programme to reach 170,000 day by day employees or self-employed employees.

He confused that greater than 391,000 households have benefitted from the Himmat Watan Fund, the National Aid Fund and the Zakat Fund, and if added to the variety of beneficiaries of unemployment funds, the full will probably be about 586,000 households, who, when multiplied by the variety of members of the family, represent a complete of about 2.5 million residents.

The prime minister confused that the disaster has worldwide repercussions which have led to a world financial downturn. “No country in the world” has remained  unaffected, he mentioned.

He identified that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund estimated an financial contraction in Jordan ranging between 3.four and three.7 per cent at a time when the financial system was anticipated to develop by 1.9 to 2 per cent.

This implies that, as an alternative of progress, Jordan will expertise financial contraction, which requires reconsidering many issues, foremost amongst them the “Takaful” (solidarity) techniques to guard essentially the most susceptible households and people in society, he mentioned.

In response to a query in regards to the unilateral Israeli measures to annex components of the occupied West Bank, Razzaz affirmed that His Majesty King Abdullah has a “clear, decisive and consistent” response to the Jordanian constants, which he reiterates repeatedly in any worldwide discussion board on international peace and safety.

“His Majesty all the time reminds that, with no simply answer to the Palestinian difficulty preserving the rights of the Palestinian individuals, we must always not discuss peace,” the premier mentioned.

He famous that these Israeli plans “come in exceptional circumstances represented by the coronavirus pandemic and the world’s preoccupation with it”.

“They additionally come after the Israeli elections, which ‘stumbled greatly’, and it turned clear that there’s an intention on the Israeli aspect to benefit from the present scenario to be able to impose unilateral measures on the bottom,” Razzaz mentioned.

Jordan, within the phrases of His Majesty, “won’t settle for this, and accordingly, there will probably be a possibility for us to rethink the connection with Israel in all its dimensions, however we won’t rush forward of issues”, Razzaz mentioned.