Jordan’s army sealed off the country’s capital  Amman from the rest of the country as the latest measure to combat the spread of coronavirus

World Sergey Matyunin 20-Mar-2020
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Jordan’s army sealed off the country’s capital  Amman from the rest of the country as the latest measure to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Army checkpoints have been established on main entrances to the city with nearly 4 million inhabitants. Only vehicles carrying essential goods or people with authorized business from other provinces can enter the capital.

Earlier King Abdullah invoked a defence law granting Prime Minister Omar Razzaz broader authority. The law is needed to speed up decisions that, under normal circumstances, would be seen as infringing civil rights, such as imposing curfews and deploying the army in cities.

The government has not announced a formal curfew but called on people to stay at home and move only for emergencies.

Schools and public transport were closed, prayers in mosques banned and most public and private sector employees are asked to stay at home.

Jordan has already closed land and sea border crossings with Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Israel, and suspended all incoming and outgoing flights since Tuesday. Only cargo flights and commercial overland shipments are entering or leaving the country.

Health Minister Saad Jaber said confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to 69 from 56 people on Wednesday.

The country has quarantined more than 5,000 people who have recently arrived from abroad.