Jordanian Army Says It Will Deploy Around Cities Ahead of State of Emergency

The country, which has already announced a tight lockdown after the number of confirmed cases of the virus rose to least 34, is also about to take further imminent steps that include announcing a state of emergency

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Jordan's King Abdullah II attends the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia March 31, 2019.
Jordan's King Abdullah II attends the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia March 31, 2019. Credit: ZOUBEIR SOUISSI / Reuters
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The Jordanian army said on Tuesday it will deploy at entrances and exits of main cities in a move officials said was ahead of an imminent announcement of a state of emergency to combat the coronavirus.

The kingdom, which has already announced a lockdown after the number of confirmed cases rose to least 34, was about to take further steps including the emergency announcement, officials told Reuters.

"These measures aim at preventing the spread of coronavirus," said an army statement.

The cabinet was expected to discuss on Tuesday whether to activate a national defence law that would be enacted as a royal decree and amounts to a state of emergency letting government enforce curfews and other restrictions on movements.

Jordan has closed border crossings with Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Israel, and suspended all incoming and outgoing flights.

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