Jordan health ministry confirmed the first fatality from the COVID-19. As Petra reports, the 89-year-old female patient has died at Amman hospital.
The Jordan’s citizen Abdulaziz al-Khashman has died of coronavirus on Saturday due to the novel virus. As the doctors confirmed, al-Khashman had a chronic disease, which was complicated by the virus activity. With one lethal case, the official figures showcases of the COVID-19 in Jordan have reached 235.
Jordan confirmed on Thursday 40 new cases of a novel coronavirus, bringing the total number in the country to 212, according to the health minister. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Media Affairs’ spokesman Amjad al-Adailah said a nationwide curfew to stem the spread of the virus began March 21.
“This increase in number is alarming and represents a serious indicator,” Jordan’s Health Minister Saad Jaber said and urged citizens to stay home, not to break the curfew and keep the social distance.
In light of the shocking increase, Jordan’s authorities decided to isolate the Irbid governorate in the north. No one can leave or enter the governorate, while the army will ensure the supply of basic needs there. Mr al-Adaileh also added that the number of coronavirus cases in Jordan is “shocking”.
As Jordan’s officials said, dozens of COVID-19 cases were reported in northern governorates, adding that 26 cases of the 40 newly confirmed were in Irbid.
After emerging in the Chinese city Wuhan last December, the virus registered as COVID-19 has spread to at least 175 countries and territories.
As the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University’s statistics show, the number of confirmed cases worldwide has surpassed 593,000, while the death toll is above 27,000. The good news is nearly 130,000 patients have recovered.