The employees of the largest cemetery in Jordan hardly find a chance to catch a breath, as people pay grave fees to bury their deceased relatives, in light of a record high number of deaths due to Covid-19 disease.
The cemetery is located on the outskirts of the capital, Amman, and yesterday witnessed the burial of at least 50 bodies, the day after the Ministry of Health announced the death of 109 people due to infection with Covid-19, the largest daily toll recorded in Jordan.
Ahmed Jaber says, as he completes writing a bill for 50 dinars ($ 70) for a single grave, while bereaved relatives queue up, “We don’t have (with us) when we scratch our heads, we will not be able to sit.”
Jordan recorded greater numbers, compared to most of its neighbors, in infections and deaths due to the Corona virus, after a significant increase in the past two months due to the rapid spread of the Corona virus strain that was first discovered in Britain, after months of success in controlling the outbreak of the virus.
The government said that 3334 injured people are being treated in hospitals facing a crisis, as some isolation wards are completely full, especially in the capital and the surrounding governorates, where more than 60 percent of the kingdom’s estimated 10 million people reside.
“We hope that the daily number of injuries will not continue in this way, because if it continues, there will be a real problem in providing isolation beds and intensive care,” said Fawzi Al-Hammouri, head of the Private Hospitals Association.
The occupancy rate in isolation wards in 27 private hospitals was 90 percent, while the occupancy rate in intensive care units was 78 percent in and around the capital.
Some officials suggested that the government use sports stadiums, renovate outdated hospitals, or put beds in schools.
The Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Health, Mazen Al-Faraya, said that infection rates are heading towards a further increase.
This month, the government extended the night curfew and ordered a general lockdown on Fridays and tougher penalties for violating social distancing rules.
Islam Massad, Director of the University of Jordan Hospital, said that the isolation ward for Covid-19 patients, which includes a hundred beds, has been filled to the end over the past week, adding that medical teams are struggling to keep these patients away from other seriously ill patients.
“I hope we can control this epidemic, and I hope the numbers will ease, because the current situation is difficult,” said Ahmed Al-Saafin, head of the emergency department.
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