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15 COVID deaths, 1,520 virus cases recorded Sunday

By JT - Oct 18,2020 - Last updated at Oct 18,2020

AMMAN — Fifteen COVID-19 deaths and 1,520 coronavirus cases, all local infections, were recorded in the Kingdom on Sunday, increasing the caseload to 37,573, the government announced.

The reported fatalities took the Kingdom’s coronavirus death toll to 345, according to a joint statement issued by the Prime Ministry and the Ministry of Health.

The local cases comprised 1,100 infections in Amman, 111 in Irbid, including three in Ramtha, 99 in Zarqa, 74 in Karak, 64 in Balqa, 25 in Madaba, 14 in Ajloun, 11 in Tafileh, eight in Maan, including six in Petra, seven in Aqaba, four in Jerash and three in Mafraq.

A total of 98 COVID-19 patients were admitted to the accredited hospitals on Sunday, the statement said, adding that 978 cases are receiving treatment in hospitals, while the rest of COVID-19 positive people are under home quarantine.

The statement said that 139 recovered patients left accredited hospitals.

A total of 20,097 virus tests were also conducted on Sunday, bringing the cumulative number of coronavirus tests administered to 1,568,502.

Amid the growing number of local infections, the Ministry of Health has renewed its call on the public to abide by defence orders, as well as to adhere to precautionary measures, mainly wearing face masks 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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