On Sunday, the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior decided to isolate the “Syrian asylum” camps in the country, as part of the precautionary measures against the “Corona” virus. This was stated in a statement of the Ministry.
The statement quoted a source in the Ministry of Interior as saying that the ministry “has made some arrangements and procedures, in cooperation with relevant international and regional organizations, to provide the necessary health care to Syrian refugees inside the camps.”
Coordination and cooperation:
The source pointed out that the Ministry of Syrian Refugee Affairs of the Ministry, in cooperation and coordination with administrative rulers, decided to prevent visits and exits from the camps and prevent mixing.
He explained that the decision comes “in the interest of their safety and to avoid any dangers that may threaten their health and in line with the highest health standards followed in this regard.”
In the same context, Muhammad Al-Hawari, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, stressed that “UNHCR, in cooperation with the recommendations of the Jordanian government and in order to protect refugees and its staff, decided to suspend all reviews and interviews with refugees temporarily in the registration centers and UNHCR offices.”
It is worth noting that in Jordan there are 3 camps for Syrian refugees, the largest of which is the Zaatari camp which includes more than 70 thousand people.
In Jordan, there are about one million and 390 thousand Syrians, about half of whom are registered as “refugees” in the records of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, while 750 thousand of them reside in the country before 2011, by virtue of descent, marriage and commercial relations.
Earlier on Sunday, Jordan announced that the number of injuries had risen to 12, after 6 new cases were registered.
On March 11, the World Health Organization classified the Coronavirus as a “pandemic”, a scientific term more severe and widespread than the “global epidemic”, symbolizing the international spread of the virus and not being confined to one country.
As of Sunday, Corona had infected more than 167,000 in 156 countries and territories, more than 6,000 of whom had died, most of them in China, Italy, Iran and Spain.