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Hundreds of schools in Jordan return to online classes as COVID-19 cases rise

Hundreds of schools in Jordan return to online classes as COVID-19 cases rise

Jordan’s ministry of education allowed pupils to go online classes but has urged teachers, students, and school administrators to follow the updated health protocol, as reported by the state-run news agency Petra.

In Jordan, the strict health precautionary measures aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19. This week, some schools have only temporarily suspended in-person classes for 14 days after recording COVID-19 infections.

In the Middle Eastern kingdom, around 407 schools have switched to a distance education system in Jordan since the start of the academic year, the Ministry of Education confirmed Tuesday.

With this in mind, the move comes as a total of 370 students and teachers, as well as 12 school staff, have tested positive with the coronavirus.

Amid the unstable health situation caused by the outbreak, some Jordanian schools have only temporarily suspended in-person classes for two weeks after recording COVID-19 infections, and are expected to be back to normal operations afterwards.

Jordan health ministry rolled out the new anti-virus plan

A new plan was announced by State Minister for Media Affairs Amjad Adaileh. According to that, some COVID-19 patients in Jordan will have to self-isolate if the country continues to record a rise in daily infections.

In particular, a new plan will not include high-risk coronavirus patients such as the elderly and those who need medical attention, as well as those who have no means to self-isolate in their homes.

The plan is still in the works, Mr Adaileh said, adding it will depend on the increase of cases across the kingdom. To avoid spreading of the novel pathogen the medical teams will be formed to follow the case of self-isolating patients and provide the necessary assistance.

In his recent speech, the minister also said the Cabinet will set up epidemiological investigation centres in different governorates and will offer testing for asymptomatic cases, including those who were in contact with confirmed patients.

There will also be call centres tasked with informing Jordanians of their test results.