Jordan on Friday ordered people across the country to stay in their homes to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Government spokesman Amjad Al Adailah said the order would enter into force at 07.00 a.m. local time (0500GMT) and would remain until further notice.

Regarding the implementation of the decision, he said non-compliance would warrant prison sentences of up to a year.

The country’s Health Ministry on Thursday said the total number of confirmed cases had risen to 69.

COVID-19 outbreak 

COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China last December, and has spread to at least 163 countries and territories.

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