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Jordan’s Health Ministry announces four new COVID-19 cases, raising total number of cases to 586

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Editing: Jaffar Al-aga |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/05/14 15:31
Update date: 2020/05/25 09:30

Syria - SMART

On Thursday, Jordan’s Health Ministry announced four new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of cases to 586.

A source in the ministry reported to SMART that they registered two new cases for people who came in contact with the al-Khanasri truck driver, raising the number of people who were infected due to contact with the driver to 70 people. Another case was registered for a Jordanian student who recently returned to Jordan and were put in quarantine in the dead sea area, while the fourth case in for a truck driver, who is not Jordanian.

The source added that the number of cases in Jordan reached 586 and a new case has recently recovered, raising the number of recoveries to 393, while 133 cases are still under treatment.

On Mar. 1, 2020, Jordan announced the first COVID-19 case and did not registered any other case until Mar. 15, 2020, as it registered 12 new cases and the number kept increasing to reach 100 cases. The number of cases began to decrease from Apr. 4, 2020.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 4.4 million people until May 14, 2020 in more than 299 countries, more than 299,000 of them died, and more than 1.6 million of them recovered, according to the (Worldometer).

According to the last statistics, death toll due to COVID-19 in the world reached about seven percent of registered cases, with about 31.6 % recoveries.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease, caused by SARS-CoV-2, that spreads from person-to-person and by respiratory droplets. These droplets fall on surrounding surfaces, so other people could be infected when they touch these surfaces by touching their eyes, noses, or mouths. People could be infected if they inhale droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it is important to keep a one-meter distance (three feet) away from infected people.

Infection symptoms include body aches, blocked nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. The symptoms begin as mild and develop gradually. Some people become infected without showing any symptoms and without feeling ill. About 80% of infected people recover from the disease without any special treatment.