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26 Jul 2020 | 02:20 AM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Over 60,000 COVID-19 confirmed cases as of July 25 /update 47

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Authorities announce over 60,000 COVID-19 confirmed cases as of July 25; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/9/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jerusalem). COUNTRY/REGION West Bank

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As of Saturday, July 25, Israeli authorities have recorded over 60,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The current total now stands at 60,678 cases and 457 associated fatalities. The latest daily figures show that 1770 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours.

A renewed nationwide lockdown was enforced on July 17, following an increase in cases. As part of the new measures, gyms and other indoor sports facilities have closed, and restaurants and cafes will be limited to takeaway only. Hotel restaurants may continue operating at 35 percent capacity. Government offices are to be staffed at 50 percent, and all in-person services are suspended. Gatherings are restricted to 10 people indoors and 20 people outdoors, although immediate family and work meetings are exempt. Additionally, nonessential services are to close on weekends. Pharmacies and supermarkets will be permitted to remain open. Beaches have been closed to the public from Friday, July 24. The wearing of face masks remains mandatory in public and police have been actively enforcing COVID-19 regulations.

Further spread of the virus 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized


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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