Jordan detects two coronavirus variant cases – minister

Health Minister Nazir Obeidat said the Jordanian couple traveled to the kingdom on December 19 and were found to be infected with the new strain of the virus after being tested and isolated.

Jordan confirmed two cases of a particularly infectious variant of the coronavirus on Sunday in a man and his wife who had arrived from Britain.

Health Minister Nazir Obeidat said the Jordanian couple traveled to the kingdom on December 19 and were found to be infected with the new strain of the virus after being tested and isolated.

The couple were still in quarantine and were being monitored by medical experts in accordance with virus protocols, Obeidat said, adding that they were both in “excellent health.”

The new strain of the virus emerged earlier this month in Britain and has already reached several European countries, as well as Japan and Canada.

The new strain, which experts fear is more contagious, prompted more than 50 countries to impose travel restrictions on Britain.

Jordan was among them and has banned flights from the UK since Monday, with the ban running until January 3.

The Middle Eastern country has officially registered more than 286,356 cases of the new coronavirus and more than 3,729 deaths.

In mid-December, Jordan announced that he had approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.

Obeidat said last month that the vaccines would be distributed free of charge to both Jordanians and foreign residents.

Since the virus appeared earlier this year, Jordan has imposed strict restrictions, with schools and universities still closed and a nightly curfew imposed across the country.

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