The Jordanian government has ordered the land border with Syria to be closed for a week as the area has seen an increase in cases of coronavirus and has decided to keep Jaber Pass workers in isolation to avoid a possible spread of COVID -19.
The closure order, which will go into effect Thursday morning, was issued by Interior Minister Salama Hamad, while the head of health, Saad Jaber, will be in charge of overseeing the measures taken in Jaber, according to the Petra news agency.
Prime Minister Omar Razzaz has tasked his cabinet with reviewing the situation at all land border crossings – including with Iraq and Saudi Arabia – as they have become a gateway for COVID-19 in Jordan. The President has called for the possibility of a second wave of cases to be taken “very seriously”.
King Abdullah II at a meeting on Tuesday advocated continuing the fight against the pandemic as a priority within institutional activity, and Razzaz described the rise in positive results at the local level as “worrying”: 25 between Tuesday and Wednesday. Authorities have so far recorded more than 1,200 positive results and 11 deaths related to COVID-19.