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Inter-Sector Working Group, Jordan: Refugee Response Coordination, Coronavirus – Update 04 October 2020

Situation Report
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This update aims to provide information on progress towards implementation of the objectives of the Jordan Contingency & Response Plan in response to COVID-19. It is available through UNHCR’s Operational Portal at COVID-19 Response Page

I. General Update

In total, 63 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Azraq camp (by 08 October), of which 12 cases have completed their quarantine and treatment and were released from the Dead Sea Isolation Area and Al-Hamza Hospital. Four active COVID-19 cases (a cancer patient with her three children) remain at Al-Hamza Hospital, Amman, while 47 active COVID-19 cases stay in the Public Quarantine Area in Azraq camp.

In Za’atari Camp, the confirmed positive COVID-19 cases amount to five (by 08 October), one of which has already recovered and returned from the Dead Sea back to the Camp. Among the three active cases is a seven-year-old child staying at the transit/ isolation area (jointly with mother and other family members.) The three active cases also include a 75-year-old kidney dialysis patient.

No COVID-19 cases have yet been identified in King Abdullah Park (KAP).

As of 8 October, no COVID-19 positive cases were reported in EJC, where very strict measures to prevent unnecessary movement are implemented and PPEs have been distributed to all refugee residents. Nevertheless, one teacher reported symptoms and has been tested, alongside 6 colleagues. Also, a general practitioner who worked in EJC last week tested positive and all medical staff in contact with him have undergone PCR tests as part of contact tracing.

As of 4 October 2020, a total of 5,304 PCR swabs were collected in Azraq Camp and a total of 5,260 PCR swabs were collected in Za’atari Camp. amounts to 5,260. Both Camp’s established protocols were followed, and contact tracing was undertaken for all cases.

The Business Continuity Plan (BCP) for urban refugee response was updated considering recent developments and community transmission scenario to ensure continued safe access of urban refugees to essential package of health services.