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Jordan to impose round-the-clock curfew to contain coronavirus

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan will impose a round-the-clock curfew beginning tomorrow morning until further notice to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, the government announces.

The exceptional measure, to be applied for an indefinite period, was taken after “citizens did not respect directives” calling on them not to leave their homes except for extreme emergencies, government spokesman Amjad Adayleh says today.

Adayleh warns that lack of compliance with the curfew would result in “immediate imprisonment, which will not exceed one year.”

The kingdom has reported 69 cases of the COVID-19 disease, with no deaths so far.

“In view of the exceptional circumstances in the world and in our region and to avoid epidemics, a curfew will come into force from Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and until further notice in all regions of the kingdom,” Adayleh, who is also the minister of state for media affairs, said at a news conference in the capital Amman.

All shops will be closed and authorities will announce on Tuesday the “specific times according to specific procedures” for the population to get supplies, he adds.

— AFP

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