AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Air raid sirens have echoed across Jordan’s capital to mark the start of a three-day curfew. It’s the latest mass lockdown in the Middle East aimed at containing the coronavirus, which has claimed another 123 lives in Iran, home to the region’s worst outbreak.
Iran’s overall toll sands at 1,556 amid 20,610 confirmed cases. Saturday is Mother’s Day across the Middle East, and many took to social media to lament being unable to visit family members.
Authorities in Egypt meanwhile closed the country’s famed museums and archaeological sites, and suspended Muslim and Christian prayer services.