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14 Oct 2020 | 12:15 AM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown until October 18 /update 62

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Israeli authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown until October 18; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/14/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/18/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tel_Aviv). COUNTRY/REGION Palestinian Territories, West Bank

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Israeli authorities have extended nationwide restrictions until Sunday, October 18, in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Ministers removed movement restrictions for weddings for brides, grooms, close family, and officiating rabbis, and permitted professional sports teams to resume training. However, restrictions limiting movement to within 1km (0.6mi) from home, the closure of non-essential businesses, schools, and synagogues, and the ban on non-familial gatherings remain in place. Further discussions regarding the continuation of restrictions are expected to be held on Thursday.

Meanwhile, restrictions on commercial flights have been extended until Thursday, October 15, pending further government discussions on the matter on Wednesday. As part of the restrictions, individuals are permitted to take flights out of the country provided tickets were booked prior to when the total lockdown went into effect on September 25. Flights into the country may continue without limitations, although arrivals from 'red' countries with high COVID-19 rates are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Some exceptions have been made for domestic flights from Eilat Ramon Airport in the south of Israel to permit essential workers or those seeking medical treatment to access the center of the country. The flight restrictions will also affect entry into the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge border crossing with Jordan is closed until further notice.

As of Tuesday, October 13, there have been 296,652 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Israel with 2055 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be 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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