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Palestinians Register New Virus Cases, Jordan Releases Quarantined Travelers

Palestinians Register New Virus Cases, Jordan Releases Quarantined Travelers

Monday, 30 March, 2020 - 09:45
A municipal worker carries out disinfection at a street in downtown Amman, Jordan, 22 March 2020. (EPA)
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The Palestinian government registered on Monday seven new coronavirus cases, bringing the total in its territories to 115.

Spokesman for the interior ministry, Ghassan Nemr, said patients were diagnosed in the village of Qatanna. They had come in contact with other patients.

The other cases were reported in the cities of Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, Tulkarem, Hebron and Salfit in the West Bank, as well as villages in the Jerusalem province and Gaza Strip.

One person died from the infection, while 18 have recovered, Nemr added.

In neighboring Jordan, authorities began releasing thousands of travelers who were quarantined for the last two weeks at five-star hotels on the Dead Sea in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

More than 4,200 Jordanians and 1,500 foreigners have been held at the hotels. The Jordanians will be sent home via Uber, the popular ride-hailing service, and are requested to remain at home for another 14 days.

Travelers with other nationalities will be released on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear where they would go, but authorities said they would be in contact with their embassies and the Foreign Ministry.

Jordan has reported 259 infections and three deaths from the virus. At least 18 people have recovered.

Jordan halted all flights and closed its borders on March 16. It later imposed a round-the-clock curfew for three days, before providing limited times for people to shop for basic goods on foot.

In Egypt, the government extended the closure of the country's famed museums and archaeological sites, including the Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza, until at least April 15.

Authorities still plan to light up the pyramids on Monday night in an expression of support for health workers battling the virus.

Egypt has reported more than 600 infections and 40 deaths from the virus.

Morocco, meanwhile, reported 37 new cases of the virus and one death. This brings the country’s count to 510 cases, 27 deaths and 13 recoveries.

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