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A Jordanian soldier stands guard as people walk in the street after Jordan announced it would allow people to go on foot to buy groceries in neighborhood shops, amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Amman, Jordan March 25, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: Jordan has imposed a 24-hour nationwide curfew for three days, starting Thursday, to help stem the coronavirus outbreak.

The move comes after the kingdom’s cases rose to allow epidemiological investigation teams to work efficiently and effectively and reach and test the contacts of confirmed cases.

Dr. Saad Jaber, Minister of Health, said that 20 new confirmed cases were reported on Tuesday, 14 of which in Zarqa. The number of total infections rose to 649, including nine fatalities and 413 recoveries.

Dr. Jaber said that 142 COVID-19 infections are still under health quarantine. “The more openness the more cases increase, stressing that the situation is good and that the epidemiological teams are able to clean up the epicentres of the infection,” he added.

He said the decision to enforce a three-day nationwide lockdown on Thursday, Friday and Saturday aims to stem the spread of the coronavirus. “The geographical breadth of the virus infections is not a serious danger and the situation is still under control,” Dr. Jaber stressed.