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25 Nov 2020 | 02:18 AM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Officials increase COVID-19 restrictions until December 8 /update 4

Palestinian Territory News Alert

Palestinian officials increase COVID-19 restrictions until December 8; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jerusalem). COUNTRY/REGION Palestinian Territories, Palestinian Territories

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Event

Palestinian officials have announced that increased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions are to be in place in the West Bank until December 8 following a rise in cases in the territory. A full lockdown will be in place on Friday and Saturdays, and a 19:00 to 06:00 (local time) curfew is to be in effect Sunday to Thursday. Non-essential businesses are to close during the hours of lockdown and movement for non-essential purposes is restricted.

Cases in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have increased dramatically in recent months, causing concerns among officials that the Palestinian healthcare system may soon be unable to cope.

As of Tuesday, November 24, there have been 75,007 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 656 associated fatalities in the West Bank and Gaza. Further international spread of the virus is to be 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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