Cabinet holds videoconference meeting, discusses COVID-19 implications

The Cabinet on Tuesday, held a videoconference meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, during which he discussed implications of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the government mechanisms to deals with it.

In a joint press briefing with Health Minister, Saad Jaber, at the National Center for Security and Crisis Management this evening, Minister of State for Media affairs Amjad Adaileh said the Cabinet was briefed in details by heads of government teams concerned with dealing with the repercussions of this crisis, at all health and social levels, on the sustainability of work in some sectors such as agriculture, in addition to mechanisms for delivering basic materials to citizens, media follow-up, awareness and education, and other matters.

He pointed out that the Cabinet mainly discussed measures that the government had initiated to deliver basic materials to citizens, in particular bread, medicines, drinking water and fuel.

He added that there are steps to improve the quality of access to citizens' basic needs, which have been approved, and will be announced by the Prime Minister this evening.

Adaileh stressed that the process of delivering medicines and water to the citizens went well, despite the pressure on the demand for pharmacies, water distribution stations and authorized gas stations, and therefore, meeting requests takes time.

With regard to the bread distribution,Adaileh said, "We have noticed violations, mistakes and improper actions, and we will work to treat and correct them," adding, "In contrast, there are civilizational scenes and a commitment to protection and safety instructions, we hope that they will be the foundations during the coming days, on which we will build as an ideal Jordanian model to be followed."

Adaileh affirmed that bread will continue to be distributed during the coming days, with the same mechanism, while addressing some of deficiencies that have emerged, as well as continuing to deliver water, medicines and fuel, pointing out that there will be new mechanisms to alleviate burdens on citizens and address any imbalances.

He said, "We call on citizens and service providers delivering basic needs to citizens, to adhere to preventive measures, and safety instructions when they come into contact with citizens."

Regarding the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported today, Adaileh said, "Unfortunately we have witnessed a significant increase today, compared to the past three days and this is a dangerous indication, and it does not reflect our hopes and aspirations to control the virus."

Al-Adaileh stressed that the real battle is the battle of awareness and understanding of the seriousness of this pandemic, and the implementation of prevention and safety measures, foremost of which is commitment to procedures of the curfew and staying home.

"The coming days are very crucial, and we must choose to either contribute to confining the virus and eliminating it, or to increase its spread as a result of the continuing contact, and not following safety and prevention measures," Adaileh said.

"All the harsh measures the government has taken, including the curfew, was for your safety, to help limit the pandemic and to limit its spread," the minister concluded.
24 March 2020