Jordan's armed forces were deployed on the streets of Amman on Saturday after the government introduced an indefinite curfew to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus in the country, as the number of infected people reached 56.

Footage shows soldiers and army vehicles patrolling near-empty streets with just a few cars seen on the roads. All businesses have been closed, including supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations, with the government saying it would inform the public how they would be able to buy food on Tuesday.

According to reports, nearly 400 people have already been caught violating the order to stay at home in the first hours of the nationwide lockdown; they now face up to a year in prison.

As of Saturday, Jordan has closed its land and sea borders with Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Israel, as well as suspending incoming and outgoing flights.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on Saturday, more than 266,000 are infected with coronavirus worldwide, with more than 11,000 fatalities since the beginning of the outbreak.

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