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32 COVID-19 deaths, 2,423 virus cases registered on Wednesday

By JT - Oct 14,2020 - Last updated at Oct 14,2020

AMMAN — Thirty-two COVID-19 deaths and 2,423 coronavirus cases, including 2,411 local infections, were recorded on Wednesday, increasing the caseload since the outbreak of the pandemic in the Kingdom to 30,550, the government announced.

The new fatalities took the country’s coronavirus death toll to 257.

The local cases comprised 1,319 infections in Amman, 538 in Zarqa, 293 in Irbid, including 209 in Ramtha district, 93 in Balqa, 42 in Jerash, 31 in Mafraq, 22 in Aqaba, 20 in Karak, 19 in Madaba, 17 in Maan, including two cases in Petra district, 11 in Ajloun and six in Tafileh.

Cases from abroad comprised 11 individuals returning from abroad and a truck driver who tested positive at the Omari border crossing, according to a joint statement by the Prime Ministry and the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, 105 recoveries were registered during the past 24 hours, the statement added.

A total of 25,295 random virus tests were also conducted on Wednesday, bringing the cumulative number of coronavirus tests administered to 1,490,236.

Among the local cases reported in Ramtha district were 188 cases among workers in Al Hassan Industrial Estate. All necessary measures, notably placing the COVID-19 positive individuals under quarantine, isolating patients' contacts and closing the factory for sterilising purposes have been taken, read the statement.  

Amid the growing number of local infections, the Ministry of Health has renewed its call on the public to abide by defence orders No.11 and No.16, as well as to adhere to precautionary measures, mainly wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing and avoiding holding gatherings that exceed 20 people.

The ministry also highlighted the “Aman” (Safety) application for smartphones, which alerts users if they come into contact with a COVID-19 positive person, as well as “Sahtak” (your health) application, which provides users with the latest information and news related to COVID-19, in addition to guidelines and warnings pertaining to the Kingdom’s epidemiological situation.

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