PA to begin 5-day coronavirus lockdown on Friday

Exemptions to be granted, for example to West Bank pharmacies and grocery stores, but not to laborers seeking to go to their jobs in Israel

A Palestinian worker sanitizes gas cylinders in a filing station amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tubas in the West Bank July 1, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/RANEEN SAWAFTA)
A Palestinian worker sanitizes gas cylinders in a filing station amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tubas in the West Bank July 1, 2020
(photo credit: REUTERS/RANEEN SAWAFTA)
Responding to spiraling numbers of new coronavirus infections, the Palestinian Authority has announced a five-day lockdown starting on Friday for those areas of the West Bank under its control.
The PA’s Health Ministry says the only exceptions will be for pharmacies and grocery stores. Palestinians who work in Israel will not be allowed to cross for two weeks.
The ministry adds that the lockdown could be extended as needed.

The Media Line’s Dima Abumaria reports:

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