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Jordan to Reopen Restaurants, Cafes, Places of Worship

Jordan to Reopen Restaurants, Cafes, Places of Worship

Monday, 28 September, 2020 - 07:00
Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz. (Reuters)

Jordan will implement new health restrictions this week to reopen mosques, churches and restaurants after they were closed for nearly three weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, said Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz on Sunday.

He warned that some people continue to deny that the pandemic exists even though the country has reached the stage of widespread transmission.

Meanwhile, the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan carried out a survey showing that 56 percent of Jordanians question the number of cases announced by the government, compared to 29 percent who trust the figures.

One third of Jordanians see that the government is “exaggerating” the tally, while 19 percent consider that the real figures are higher than the ones announced. Meanwhile, 29 percent believe that the declared figures are true.

Sixty percent of Jordanians expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the pandemic, while 57 percent believe it failed, according to the survey.

Sixty-three percent see that the health system in the country is incapable of handling the escalating number of cases.

The country recorded Sunday 425 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 8,492. Two new deaths were reported, bringing the toll to 45.

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