Jordan king says virus ‘under control’ Jul 13, 2020 0 56 12345 AFPAmmanJordan’s King Abdullah II said Sunday that his country had successfully brought the novel coronavirus “under control” and that it was time to focus on restarting the economy.“We have successfully dealt with the coronavirus, which today is under control in Jordan,” he said during a meeting with prominent Jordanians.“But like every country in the world we have paid an economic price, and the time has come to focus... on the economic situation,” a palace statement quoted him as saying.The desert kingdom, which has recorded 1,179 cases of the virus including 10 deaths, imposed a tough curfew enforced with drones to curb the spread of COVID-19, before easing policies in early June.King Abdullah said that Jordan would “come out stronger (from the crisis) compared to other countries in the region”.Health authorities have almost daily been reporting new cases among Jordanians and foreigners entering the country.They have also maintained social distancing measures, made face masks compulsory in most public places and required newly-arrived travellers to wear electronic bracelets to ensure that they observe quarantine.Before the coronavirus struck, Jordan hosted five million tourists a year, bringing in $5 billion last year.But the vital sector, which employed some 100,000 people, has been battered by the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown restrictions.King Abdullah acknowledged the impact of the crisis but said any decision to reopen would need to be “closely examined”.The kingdom said last month it would start welcoming overseas visitors at its private hospitals, after a months-long pause.Around quarter of a million people used to visit Jordan annually for medical treatment, bringing in some $1.5 billion a year. Unemployment in Jordan hit 19.3 percent during the first quarter of 2020. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Pro-Haftar forces say will maintain Libya oil blockade Jul 13, 2020 0 385 Iran’s Khamenei urges fight against ‘tragic’ virus resurgence Jul 13, 2020 0 432 Palestinian Authority orders nightly, weekend coronavirus curfew Jul 13, 2020 0 388 Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing AFP Tehran Iran said that the misalignment of an air defence unit’s radar system was the key “human error” that led to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January. “A failure occurred due to a human .. Coronavirus claims over 20,000 lives across Mideast Paris The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 20,000 people across the Middle East, half of them in Iran, according to an AFP tally at 1000 GMT Sunday based on official tolls. But despite having 907,736 .. Four civilians killed in Mali unrest: Hospital Bamako Four people, including two teenagers, were killed in violence that raged in the Malian capital Bamako on Saturday and through the night, a hospital official said. Clashes have erupted in Bamako as demonstrators .. Egypt cracks down on ‘life-threatening’ kite-flying DPA Cairo Egypt has launched a crackdown to arrest makers and flyers of kites after the pastime reportedly caused accidents among young people and kids. Flying kites has gained more popularity in densely populated urban .. Iranian petrochemical plant rocked by explosion, fire Tehran A petrochemical complex in south-western Iran exploded and erupted into flames on Sunday, the country’s ISNA news agency reported. The blaze occurred at the Shahid Tondgooyan plant in the city of Mahshahr. The ..