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8 COVID deaths, 975 virus cases recorded Sunday

New fatalities take Kingdom’s coronavirus death toll to 4,145

By JT - Jan 17,2021 - Last updated at Jan 17,2021

A total of 19,623 virus tests were conducted on Sunday, bringing the cumulative number of coronavirus tests administered since the outbreak of the pandemic to 3,572,034 (Petra file photo)

AMMAN — Eight COVID-19 deaths and 957 virus cases were recorded in the Kingdom on Sunday, increasing the caseload to 314,514, the government announced.

The new fatalities took the Kingdom’s coronavirus death toll to 4,145, according to a joint statement issued by the Prime Ministry and the Ministry of Health.

The cases comprised 456 infections in Amman, 134 in Irbid, including two in Ramtha district, 58 in Mafraq, 32 in Zarqa, 112 in Balqa, 27 in Madaba, 17 in Karak, 16 in Ajloun, 14 in Aqaba, 61 in Jerash, 11 in Maan, including four in Petra district and 19 in Tafileh. 

The statement added that there are currently11,501 active COVID-19 cases in Jordan.

A total of 60 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals on Sunday, taking the number of patients currently receiving care for COVID-19 in hospitals to 454, the statement said, adding that 65 recovered patients left hospitals.

The statement revealed that the number of isolation beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in hospitals on Saturdaytotalled392, registering an occupancy rate of 9 per cent, while a total of 162 ICU beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients, at a rate of 16 per cent.

A total of 79 ventilators were used for treating COVID-19 patients, at an occupancy rate of 8 per cent.

The statement added that 1,623 recoveries were registered in hospitals and home quarantine on Sunday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 298,868.

A total of 19,623 virus tests were also conducted on Sunday, bringing the cumulative number of coronavirus tests administered since the outbreak of the pandemic to 3,572,034, with the share of tests returning a positive result, known as positive rate, standing at 4.88 per cent, the statement added.

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, according to the statement.

The ministry also called on the public to follow its “I Protect Them” awareness campaign, which aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through increasing public commitment to preventive measures to protect individuals and their beloved ones.

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