News Coronavirus watch22 Mar 2020

Jordan:Insurance federation supports government's efforts to combat COVID-19

22 Mar 2020

With the risk of coronavirus rapidly escalating, the need for concerted efforts among public and private sector entities cannot be overemphasised at this decisive juncture, says the chairman of the Jordan Insurance Federation (JIF), Mr Majed Smairat.

To support the government’s efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19, JIF has donated JOD250,000 ($353,000) to the Ministry of Health, of which JOD200,000 came from insurance companies in Jordan while the Federation provided the remainder.

“The sector’s initiative comes from our belief of the importance of working together with the government and other public and private sector institutions to combat the pandemic that has swept the entire world and try to reduce its effects on lives and capabilities at this decisive stage,” said Mr Smairat.

Jordan started a 14-day nationwide lockdown on 18 March to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The measures include a shutdown of the private sector as well as all institutions and official departments, excluding the healthcare and other vital sectors. Moreover, domestic travel has been restricted while citizens have been ordered to stay at home. 

There were 99 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jordan as at 21 March, of whom 14 were foreigners. The first case was confirmed on 2 March for a Jordanian citizen who returned from Italy and has since recovered.

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