Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said during a meeting today with the heads of the security forces in Ramallah that with growing spread of novel COVID-19 (coronavirus), the coming days are going to be more difficult than before.
“According to our estimates, the coming days will be more difficult than before, not only for us but for the entire world. We have to deal accurately with the risk of infection among [Palestinian] workers returning from the 1948 lands,” Shtayyeh said during the meeting.
He ordered the security forces to consider stricter measures at crossing points used by Palestinian workers in their way to work in Israel and back to their homes in the West Bank, as well as on the transportation of individuals between governorates during the current emergency state.
The prime minister further ordered a home quarantine for all residents of the West Bank village of Biddo, northwest of Jerusalem, where 13 cases of coronavirus were confirmed today.
Earlier today, the government’s spomesman Ibrahim Milhem announced that 13 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Biddo, bringing total in Palestine to 86.
Of the 86 total in Palestine, nine are in the Gaza Strip, including seven who were confirmed positive early this morning, all for people who came in contact at the Gaza quarantine center with the two confirmed cases held there.