March 23, 2020 / 3:45 PM / 10 days ago

Pakistan army says to help impose nationwide restrictions to curb coronavirus

A general view of a deserted road of a business district during a partial lockdown after Pakistan shut all markets, public places and discouraged large gatherings amid an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Karachi, Pakistan, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Pakistani army said on Monday it would help to impose nationwide restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus following a request from the government.

“The army chief of staff has ordered the deployment of all available troops and medical resources according to requirements,” a military spokesman, Major General Babar Iftikhar, said in an announcement broadcast live on television news channels.

Pakistan has so far reported 875 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and six deaths.

Reporting by Asif Shahzad; Editing by Gareth Jones

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