Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press
The World Health Organization says the new coronavirus may have spread
from person to person in a cluster of cases that occurred in Jordan in
In a statement issued Friday, the global health agency did not
indicate how many people it considers as probable cases from the
Jordanian outbreak, which centred on a hospital in Zarqa.
In April, before the existence of the new coronavirus was recognized,
the Jordan Times reported that there was an outbreak of an unknown
illness causing pneumonias at Zarqa Public Hospital.
The newspaper cited Abdul Latif Wreikat, Jordan’s minister of health,
as saying there were 11 cases. Seven were nurses, one was a doctor and
one was a brother of one of the nurses. The article did not indicate who
the other two patients were.
Two people in this cluster of cases died of their infections. Once
the existence of the new coronavirus became known, stored samples taken
from the two patients who died were tested for the virus and they were
confirmed as cases.