Thousands quarantined in hotels across Jordan

The country’s Ministry of Health is using hotels to alleviate pressure on hospitals

The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea

According to a piece from the Middle East Eye, close to 6,000 people have been quarantined in hotels across Jordan as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19 and alleviate pressure on hospitals.

The Middle East Eye said that the country’s Ministry of Health opted to confine all incoming travellers to the country for two weeks on March 16. The Ministry spread these 5,800 people across 34 separate hotels in the country.

In total, 3,104 people have been put in 23 four and five-star properties in Amman, 1,923 have been put in 10 Dead Sea resorts and another 23 people have been placed in a hotel in Aqaba.

A Ministry of Health spokesperson explained: “The hotels were disinfected before the people arrived and will be disinfected again when they leave.” Minister of Health Saad Jaber estimated that the cost to quarantine travellers in hotels is far lower than if the same precaution was done in a hospital.

At the time of writing, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed 246 cases of COVID-19 in Jordan.

As hotel occupancy rates drop across the region and the globe, many properties have stepped in to provide support to the medical sector and its staff. In the UAE, Millennium Hotels & Resorts MEA this month facilitated 60 hotels rooms for frontline medical staff, while over in the UK, Best Western Great Britain has pledged 16,000 rooms for the NHS to use as it sees fit.

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