Jordan’s extraordinary measures to contain COVID-19 spread draw int’l accolades

"Quick and rigorous: This is how the Jordanian government is reacting in these days of the corona pandemic,” the Kingdom’s “commendable” measures

On March 21, 2020 air raid sirens sounded across Jordan’s cities. The sirens marked the start of one of the most extensive lockdowns to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus—not just within the Middle East, but in the world. Despite implementation challenges, the Jordanian government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of COVID-19—the disease caused by the coronavirus—on its population have received praise domestically. Yet, while draconian measures may be necessary in the face of the most serious global health crisis of the modern era, they also risk significant collateral damage.

Jordan’s measures to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus have drawn international recognition, with regional and international newspapers and TV channels praising how the country has managed to keep the virus “in check”.

“One of the strictest lockdowns in the world has been in Jordan to avoid overloading the healthcare system”.

“As for the economic toll for practically shutting down , the government has calculated that if they didn't take these measures and the country was overwhelmed with cases, the cost in money and lives would be much higher

Jordan as “having one of the most well-developed health sectors in the region, early action seems to keep a lid on Jordan's COVID-19 outbreak”, how “after just a few COVID-19 cases appeared around the country, the government took extraordinary measures” to enforce a strict curfew.

Jordan “has been probably ahead of everyone else in the region”, if you compared the Kingdom’s figures to its neighbours.

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