Coronavirus outbreak: Jordanians stockpiling supplies under state of emergency
Jordanians queued to buy bread and other supplies ahead of a nationwide state of emergency set to be implemented on Wednesday in an effort to combat COVID-19.
The royal decree gives Prime Minister Omar Razzaz emergency powers – under a defense law enacted in times of war and disasters – to enforce curfews, close businesses and place restrictions on the movement of people.
Thousands of Jordanians who recently returned from abroad were quarantined in hotels around the country as part of ongoing measures to limit the spread. One man who had flown in from Yemen said these measures were strict, but understandable.
Currently, Jordan has 47 confirmed COVID-19 cases and no deaths.
Jordan has closed land and sea border crossings with Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Israel, and suspended all incoming and outgoing flights