In attempt to curb virus spread, PA bans entry to Jewish areas

PA takes drastic steps to curve virus spread including forbidding workers from entering pre-'67 Israel,Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria.

Dalit Halevi ,

Arab workers at Beit Lechem checkpoint
Arab workers at Beit Lechem checkpoint
Nati Shochat/Flash 90

The Palestinian Authority has announced a series of new measures that will take effect over the next two weeks in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The measures include restrictions within the education system, closure of all universities, a ban on travel between districts, as well as a complete lockdown of areas with significant increases in COVID infections.

The PA also banned Israeli Arabs from entering PA-controlled territories. PA Arabs residing in pre-'67 Israel will be prevented from returning to PA-ruled areas.

Additionally, PA residents will be banned from entering Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria where they are currently employed.

Over the past 24 hours, 25 individuals from PA-controlled districts and Gaza have died of the coronavirus, and 1,064 new infections have been reported.

The recovery rate in these areas stands at 86.4%, active cases encompass 12.6% of the general population, and the mortality rate has risen to 1%. There are currently 119 patients in intensive care, 27 of which are connected to ventilators.



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