After a second coronavirus case was confirmed in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm, the district’s governor Issam Abu Bakr quickly issued an order locking down the city and barring entry or exit from the city as a precautionary step against the spread of the disease.
Governors have been given the authority in the current state of emergency declared 10 days ago to take immediate measures to isolate cities or towns if there is concern of possibility of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
A medical student returning from Poland has tested positive for the virus today making him the second case of coronavirus in Tulkarm.
Bethlehem, in the south of the West Bank where 37 of the current 39 corona cases in Palestine are located, has been locked down since day one of the discovery of the disease 10 days ago.
On the other hand, Palestinians returning to Gaza were placed under quarantine immediately after crossing Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
a two-week mandatory quarantine at a school in Rafah city in the south of the Gaza Strip as a precautionary measure applied to all returnees from abroad to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The Rafah crossing, which has been closed for some time, was opened for one time to allow Gazans to return home.
The blockaded Gaza Strip has not reported any coronavirus case while 37 cases were confirmed in the West Bank city of Bethlehem and one in Tulkarm.