Fears mount of Middle East coronavirus surge amid Eid celebrations

Posted by on May 24, 2020 3:04 am
Categories: Global Stories

Despite lockdowns and curfews, streets in Jordan and Iran are busy for the end of Ramadan

Outside bakeries in downtown Amman, queues stretched along the street and down the block. Nut retailers were mobbed, and sweet shops were down to their last desserts. It was as if coronavirus had never existed.

The nights before Eid al-Fitr, the festival that ends the fasting month of Ramadan and which began on Sunday at dawn, are always busy. But this year the urgency was greater: Jordanians are celebrating this holiday under three days of full curfew. Everything is closed and nobody is allowed out of their homes for any reason.

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