Coronavirus: Jordan to deliver food after imposing indefinite curfew

Jordan has imposed an indefinite curfew that bans people from leaving their homes under any circumstances, to try to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The government said municipalities, utility companies and businesses would deliver basic supplies, including bread, water, infant formula milk, medicine and fuel.

Violation of the curfew is punishable by up to one year in prison.

The country has reported 127 cases of Covid-19 but no deaths.

Jordan has a population of about 10 million and hosts some 1.3 million Syrian refugees.

In a video message to the nation, King Abdullah II expressed his confidence in Jordanians’ ability to rise to the challenge of fighting the pandemic.

“Today, my brothers and sisters, my family, my people, and my source of fortitude each and every one of you is a soldier of this nation, each in your own post,” he said.

The measures in Jordan are some of the most restrictive to have been imposed by countries battling Covid-19, which has infected more than 330,000 people and claimed 14,500 lives.

Chaos and calm as Jordanians queue for bread

Yolande Knell, BBC Middle East correspondent

On social media, Jordanians have shared videos of buses being mobbed in some neighbourhoods while in others, locals have queued in a safe, orderly fashion.

“It’s trial and error at a very critical time,”…

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