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03 Sep 2020 | 10:09 PM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Officials announce lockdowns in 30 cities from September 7 /update 53

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Israeli officials announce lockdowns in 30 cities from September 7; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/5/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jerusalem). COUNTRY/REGION West Bank

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Event

Israeli officials have announced that 30 cities currently classed as "red" will be placed under lockdown from Monday, September 7, following a rise of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country. While exact details of the lockdowns are yet to be released, cabinet members have discussed banning entry and exit from affected areas, limiting residents to within 500 meters (550 yards) of their homes, halting public transportation, and closing non-essential businesses and most schools. Many of the affected towns are predominantly Israeli-Arab and ultra-Orthodox.

The decision comes as Israel recorded more than 3000 COVID-19 cases over a 24-hour period, setting a new daily record. Officials have repeated requests for citizens to avoid weddings and large gatherings and to abide by social distancing regulations while in public.

As of Thursday, September 3, there have been 123,903 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and 985 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

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

Advice

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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