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Pakistan army says to help impose nationwide restrictions to curb coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Military officers stand near parked ambulances at the premises of the Expo Center, after government declared it a mass isolation center and field hospital following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Karachi, Pakistan, March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/File Photo

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