Pakistan army to help impose nationwide restrictions to curb coronavirus

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    Published: 2020-03-24 13:27:58 BdST

Military officers stand near parked ambulances at the premises of the Expo Centre, after government declared it a mass isolation center and field hospital following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Karachi, Pakistan, Mar 20, 2020. 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.