Jordan

My sexuality is not a sickness
A gay man and a lesbian share their experiences of so-called "gay conversion therapy" in Jordan.

Has Jordan got the strictest coronavirus measures?

Well over 1000 people have been arrested for breaking the curfew
Jordan went into a very sudden lockdown with a possible punishment of up to a year in prison for people caught out of doors. Residents there face a year in jail if they leave home for ANY reason. So, no grocery shopping, no pharmacy visits, no short walks. Michael Safi is the Guardian newspaper correspondent currently in Amman:

(Photo: A labourer sprays disinfectant in Jordan's archaeological city of Petra.  Credit: AFP)

Chaos and calm as Jordanians queue for bread

Yolande Knell

BBC Middle East correspondent

Jordan’s government has started delivering basic goods, medicines and fuel to its population of 10 million, after announcing an indefinite curfew to deal with the coronavirus.

On social media, Jordanians have shared videos of buses being mobbed in some neighbourhoods while in others, locals have queued in a safe, orderly fashion.

“It’s trial and error at a very critical time," says Amman resident Lubna Wardeh, as she waited for a bus with supplies to arrive on her street so she can buy bread and water.

“Those people who went crazy put our quarantine back at zero,” she said.

A government minister praised "citizen's discipline" for spacing themselves as they queued:

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The curfew – one of the strictest in the world - was introduced on Saturday because people were ignoring requests to stay home.

Now, anyone caught outside could be jailed for a year.

Latest from the Middle East: Countries tighten restrictions

Across the Middle East, countries are continuing to tighten restrictions - and punish violators. Here's the latest:

  • Jordan, which indefinitely extended a round-the-clock curfew on Monday, is to begin distributing bread, water and fuel
  • Israel is expected to announce a curfew and tough penalties for violations, with people only allowed out to get food, medicine and other essential items
  • Syria's Kurdish Regional Government, in the north-east, says it will impose a two-week curfew from Thursday, warning of the risk of the coronavirus spreading through camps for internally displaced people as well as among prisoners, including thousands of Islamic State members and their families
  • In Iran - where 1,812 people have died from the virus, and more than 23,000 are infected - the authorities have announced an extension by at least another month to temporary leave already granted to some 85,000 prisoners. British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is among those who have been released
  • UAE authorities have called for all Emirati students abroad to return home within 48 hours, and for members of the public to stay at home apart from in exceptional circumstances
Worker disinfects a pharmacy in Amman, Jordan (21/03/20)
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Jordan confirms first case

Jordan's health minister has announced that a Jordanian man who flew in from Italy two weeks ago has tested positive for the new coronavirus - the first case confirmed in the kingdom.

The man was quarantined at home and is in a stable condition, Saad Jaber said. Another Jordanian citizen is under close observation, he added.

How mattresses could solve hunger
Refugees in Jordan and scientists from the UK are growing fresh food using old mattresses.