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03 Jul 2020 | 09:04 PM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Prime minister declares COVID-19 ‘major outbreak’ as active cases pass 10,000 on July 3 /update 44

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Prime minister declares COVID-19 ‘major outbreak’ as active cases pass 10,000 on July 3; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jerusalem). COUNTRY/REGION West Bank

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On Friday, July 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a 'major outbreak' of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as active cases passed 10,000 for the first time. The health ministry reported an increase of 1130 cases on Thursday, July 2, a single-day record, bringing the total number of cases to 28,055 with 326 associated fatalities. New restrictions came into force on Friday, with most indoor spaces limited to 20 people, and a 50-person limit in synagogues, event halls, bars, and clubs. The wearing of facemasks is mandatory, and police have announced they will be increasing patrols over the weekend to ensure compliance of measures.

On Thursday, June 25, Israeli authorities announced an extension to the entry ban on foreign nationals until August 1. Under the restriction, only passengers with a permit issued by the Israeli Airports Authority (IAA) may enter the country. The order also includes stopover flights for passengers en-route to a second destination. On June 24, the Israeli cabinet re-approved the use of counter-terrorism surveillance to track infections, a practice previously halted due to privacy concerns.

Further international spread of the disease is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.


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