1st batch of Jordanians stranded abroad back in Jordan

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AMMAN, May 5 (Xinhua) -- The first batch of Jordanians who were stranded abroad after a lockdown in Jordan amidst COVID-19 spread returned on Tuesday.

These Jordanians coming from Turkey and Egypt had taken strict health and safety measures before they were transported from the airport to the quarantine facilities at the Dead Sea area, Khaled Shanteer, head of airport security and protection, said in a statement.

All necessary measures were taken to sterilize the aircraft and the passengers' luggage, he said.

He added that the Jordanian stranded abroad would be brought back in three phases. The first phase will include 3,239 Jordanians in seven countries between May 5 and May 8. The remaining steps will be announced soon, he added.

More than 23,000 Jordanians stuck abroad have submitted applications to return home.

Jordan's Prime Minister Omar Razzaz urged caution on Tuesday as the Jordanians abroad started returning.

He said that as businesses in all sectors will resume operations on Wednesday at their full capacity, it is essential to remain vigilant.

Razzaz added that the recovery of the economy would start soon, adding that more Jordanians would be given support through the National Aid Fund.

At present, 155,000 households get aid from the fund, and the number will reach 200,000 by the end of May, said the prime minister. Enditem

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