Jordan ministers sacked for virus rules breach
IslamNews – Jordan’s interior and justice ministers were fired on Sunday for attending a dinner party at a restaurant that violated the coronavirus restrictions that their own ministries are supposed to enforce.
The pair were asked to step down by Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh, a move immediately endorsed by King Abdullah II, according to a statement from the royal palace.
Their appearance in a public banqueting room, disregarding social distancing rules, added to widespread outrage at the hefty fines slapped on ordinary people while officials go unpunished for attending functions with far more than the 20 guests allowed.
Following a surge in virus cases, Jordan toughened this week its COVID-19 restrictions, returning to rules imposed in March last year, and which were only eased last month.
Under the new rules, anyone not wearing a face mask in public can be fined up to 100 dinars ($140), a punitive sum in a relatively poor country where the pandemic has pushed unemployment to record levels
The kingdom, with a population of around 10 million, has recorded 380,268 coronavirus infections and 4,627 deaths.