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9 COVID deaths, 1,638 virus cases recorded on Thursday

By JT - Feb 18,2021 - Last updated at Feb 18,2021

A total of 16,133 virus tests were conducted on Thursday, bringing the cumulative number of coronavirus tests administered since the outbreak of the pandemic to 4,315,789 (Petra file photo)

AMMAN — Nine COVID-19 deaths and 1,638 virus cases were recorded in the Kingdom on Thursday, increasing the caseload to 356,744, the government announced.

The new fatalities took the Kingdom’s coronavirus death toll to 4,512, according to a joint statement issued by the Prime Ministry and the Ministry of Health.

The cases comprised 1,149 infections in Amman, 108 in Irbid, including seven in Ramtha District, 33 in Mafraq, 86 in Zarqa, 85 in Balqa, 30 in Madaba, 65 in Karak, 32 in Aqaba, 16 in Jerash, 12 cases in Tafileh and 22 in Maan. No cases were reported in Ajloun.

The statement added that there are currently 20,205 active COVID-19 cases in Jordan.

A total of 112 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals on Thursday, taking the number of patients currently receiving care for COVID-19 in hospitals to 801, the statement said, adding that 70 recovered patients left hospitals.

The statement revealed that the number of isolation beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in hospitals on Wednesday totalled 659, registering an occupancy rate of 16 per cent, while a total of 169 ICU beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients, at a rate of 19 per cent.

A total of 67 ventilators were used for treating COVID-19 patients, at an occupancy rate of 7 per cent.

The statement added that 1,222 recoveries were registered in hospitals and home quarantine on Thursday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 332,027.

A total of 16,133 virus tests were also conducted on Thursday, bringing the cumulative number of coronavirus tests administered since the outbreak of the pandemic to 4,315,789, with the share of tests returning a positive result, known as positive rate, standing at 10.15 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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