Jordan to close mosques, restaurants and schools for two weeks





Amman (dpa) - Mosques, restaurants, street markets and most schools will be closed for two weeks starting Thursday in Jordan, amid an "unprecedented" increase in coronavirus infections and deaths in the kingdom.



These measures will help to avoid a total lockdown, government spokesman Amjad al-Adaileh said on Monday.
In recent days, Jordan has reported more than 200 cases and several deaths every day, a record high it has avoided earlier in the year due to a tight lockdown.
The country registered some 3,500 coronavirus cases and a death toll of 26. More than half of the total infections have been recorded since mid-August.
Most schools will be closed and students will move to online classes, except few grades. Cafes and restaurants can operate for takeaways and home deliveries only.
The government vowed to punish those who hold large gatherings, including weddings and funerals, which it had blamed for the rise in coronavirus cases.
"Despite previous warnings, we have seen recklessness and complacency that unfortunately led to dozens of cases in different provinces across the kingdom. So, concerned authorities will take very strict measures against those who violate” the rules, al-Adaileh added in a televised address.
Violators will be detained for 14 days, he added.
While it allowed businesses to reopen and eased movement restrictions at the beginning of the summer, Jordan has kept a night-time curfew in place.

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Monday, September 14th 2020
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