Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh chaired today an extraordinary meeting of the governors, where they discussed the security situation in all the governorates of Palestine during the ongoing state of emergency.
The governors briefed Shtayyeh on the social, economic and security repercussions of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis in the governorates and ways of coping with them.
The Prime Minister told the meeting that in spite of the economic lockdown resulting from the coronavirus crisis in Palestine, the protection of lives remains a top priority over any other considerations for the government.
“Some are pushing for the economic life to be brought back to normal, but our priority is to protect people’s lives as the risk of the pandemic is continuing. Therefore, the measures taken so far will continue as they are because we want a balanced relationship between health and the economy,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Waqf Council of Jerusalem said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem will remain closed to worshipers during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan, which is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.