Jordan has had no reported cases nor infections of the Novel Coronavirus to date. This can be attributed to the authorities’ serious reaction shortly after the outbreak of the disease in China, where measures were swiftly put in place at all land, sea and air borders to avoid having any infected visitors come into the country.
Restrictions being enforced by the ministry of interior, stipulate that visitors from infected countries will not be allowed to enter Jordan, unless they had travelled out of the infected country two weeks prior to their arrival to Jordan. Jordanian nationals repatriated from China were subject to a 14 day quarantine in order to ascertain that they do not carry the virus.
There also seems to be some good news coming soon with relation to the spread of the virus as well, according to John Nicholls, a pathology professor at the University of Hong Kong, who says he knows when the virus will become inactive. Nicholls believes that weather conditions will be the main reason for the end of the novel coronavirus. As with the SARS outbreak of 2002, Nicholls said he thinks similar weather factors will also shut down the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Three things the virus does not like: 1. Sunlight, 2. Temperature, and 3. Humidity,” Nicholls said in response to a question about when he thinks confirmed cases will peak.
“Sunlight will cut the virus’ ability to grow in half so the half-life will be 2.5 minutes and in the dark it’s about 13 to 20 [minutes],” Nicholls added. “Sunlight is really good at killing viruses.”
This is the same reason why he doesn’t expect areas such as Australia, Africa and the Southern hemisphere to see high rates of infection because they are in the middle of summer.
Nicholls said the warmer the better for stopping the spread of the virus. Jordan is in the midst of its winter season, but traditionally temperatures will start climbing into the mid 20s Celsius sometime in the first half of March, and will continue to climb thereafter. This is good news for all.
If you are considering visiting Jordan soon, then this would be a good idea as any, as you can enjoy your sun-filled holiday in an atmosphere that is very coronavirus unfriendly, amidst some of the world’s friendliest people!