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03 oct. 2020 | 10h33 UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: West Bank authorities extend state of emergency until November 2 /update 2

Israel Alerte de sécurité

West Bank authorities extend state of emergency until November 2; heed official instructions

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/10/2020, 12h00 until 2/11/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Jerusalem). COUNTRY/REGION Palestinian Territories, West Bank, Palestinian Territories

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Event

President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Friday, October 2, that the state of emergency in the West Bank will continue through until at least November 2. The measure grants authorities the power to enact localized lockdowns in areas witnessing a spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Restrictions on business activity and social gatherings have been eased in recent months, although larger gatherings such as weddings, birthdays, and graduation parties remain banned, and social distancing measures are in place. Border crossings with Israel continue to be closed.

As of Saturday, October 3, there have been 40,766 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the West Bank and Gaza, along with 321 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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