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King Abdullah chairs meeting on COVID-19 developments

By DFID - UK Department for International Development - Jordan: Growth and Opportunity - HM King Abdullah II of Jordan, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Jordan’s King Abdullah chaired a meeting on COVID-19 developments on Sunday at the National Centre for Security and Crisis Management after returning to the country.

The King stressed that Jordan must be prepared and transparent with the public to keep their trust and boost confidence in the government’s actions. He called on the government to continue to cooperate and coordinate with each of its divisions regarding the coronavirus and its spread. His Majesty said that the safety of Jordanians is his “utmost priority.”

The Royal Hashemite Court stated that the King also “called for a clear plan on strategic reserves, in case of disruption to international trade and border closures,” adding that despite the ongoing conditions, “the development process will move forward, with continuing follow-up on the implementation of projects around the Kingdom.”

King Abdullah was joined by his brothers, Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein and Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, who serve as his advisor and chairperson of the National Policies Council and chairperson of the NCSCM, respectively. Prime Minister Omar Razzaz was also in attendance and briefed the royals on the government’s actions and future plans in the fight against the virus, specifically mentioning that support will be provided for companies and individuals to overcome the economic downfall from COVID-19.

His Majesty was said to have commended the government for their efforts so far in combating the deadly virus and the need to continue their measures. He also stressed the importance of necessary medical equipment and detection kits being distributed to keep Jordan’s medical care in line with international standards. He expressed his wish that education remain uninterrupted in the country as Jordan has closed all schools and universities and enacted remote learning.

Airports in Jordan will be closed as of Tuesday with the exception for “cargo movement to maintain Jordan’s strategic stock of food, medicine, and fuel.”

Jordan has had 12 cases of COVID-19; one patient has recovered so far.

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