Jordan confirms first coronavirus case: Health ministry

A security officer carries masks as he walks at a new section specialized in receiving any person who may have been infected with coronavirus, at the Al-Bashir Governmental Hospital in Amman, Jordan January 28, 2020. (Reuters)

Jordan has recorded its first coronavirus case on Monday in a person who recently traveled to Italy, the health minister said during a press conference.

Two people showing coronavirus symptoms came forward on Sunday night for testing but only one tested positive. The other person was placed in quarantine as a precautionary measure.

Read: How to spot symptoms of the coronavirus

Three family members of the infected person are also being tested. If no additional infections are confirmed, those who were in contact with the coronavirus patient will remain in a home quarantine for 14 days, the health minister said.

He also confirmed Jordan is fully prepared for the situation and it is not possible for anyone to come in direct contact with the infected person in quarantine.


Read more: How to protect yourself from coronavirus

Last month, Jordan barred entry to citizens of China, Iran and South Korea and other foreign traveling from countries with a coronavirus outbreak as a precautionary measure.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57
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