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Palestinian Govt Eases COVID-19 Restrictions amid Infections Decline

Palestinian Govt Eases COVID-19 Restrictions amid Infections Decline

Sunday, 11 April, 2021 - 10:45
A Palestinian member of the education staff receives coronavirus vaccine as schools are set to reopen partially, in Tubas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, April 6, 2021. (REUTERS)

The Palestinian government announced on Saturday its decision to loosen up COVID-19 restrictions in the West Bank as cases continue to decline.

Government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem issued a statement in this regard saying the new measures come in light of the decline in coronavirus cases during the past two weeks as a result of people’s adherence to the preventive and safety measures.

The government will allow Friday prayers in public squares and Tarawih prayers inside mosques. Masses are also allowed under a number of precautionary measures and a special protocol that will soon be announced by the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, Melhem explained.

Health Minister Mai al-Kaila announced 1,502 new COVID-19 cases, including 1,064 in Gaza Strip. It also reported 26 deaths in the past 24 hours.

More than 294,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, including 3,102 deaths.

Last week, the Ministry of Interior and National Security in Gaza decided to close all educational institutions, including schools, universities and kindergartens until further notice.

The ministry also said that lockdown measures previously imposed will remain in effect.

Wedding halls remain closed and gatherings, occasions for celebration and mourning in houses and public streets are also banned.

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