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Fears of Losing Control over Spread of COVID-19 in Palestine

Fears of Losing Control over Spread of COVID-19 in Palestine

Tuesday, 30 June, 2020 - 08:30
The streets of Bethlehem appear almost empty after the closure decision (AFP)
Ramallah- Kifah Zboun

The Palestinian Authority has returned to a policy of shutting down businesses and public gathering spaces with coronavirus infections spreading disturbingly throughout its areas of control.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that the government was forced to implement new health preventative measures in Hebron and Bethlehem and has enforced punitive measures against violators.

“There are over 10 million positive cases worldwide and over 500,000 deaths. We, in Palestine, have 1,716 active cases seven of which are in intensive care units,” the PM said, adding that those figures had driven the administration to tighten health measures.

“Since the first day of the outbreak, the government said it seeks the health of citizens. It tried to create a balance between the health and economy sectors based on the regression of the number of COVID-19 cases.”

“But entire families have been infected and there are villages where the virus has spread rapidly, the government seeks to curb the spread but is faced with the danger of the virus spreading from individuals to whole societies,” Shtayyeh said.

With over 1,000 cases being registered in last few days, concerns intensified about losing control over the virus.

The Palestinian Health Ministry, on Monday, recorded dozens of new cases and announced the death of a coronavirus patient.

Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila confirmed the death of a female patient in her 40s because of the coronavirus, bringing up the total death toll of the virus to eight. It is noteworthy that this is the second death in two days in a row recorded in Palestine.

The dead patient, Nusra abu Hussein, was buried amid strict health preventative measures. No funeral was held by her family.

Similar restrictions faced another family who had lost a patient in Bethlehem.

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