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  • Central market of Gaza seen before the closure start at 5:00 pm to 5:00 am amid the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Gaza City on 25 Novemebr 2020.

    Central market of Gaza seen before the closure start at 5:00 pm to 5:00 am amid the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Gaza City on 25 Novemebr 2020. | Photo: EFE/EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Published 4 December 2020
Opinion

With over 2000 daily new cases of Covid-19 and a very ill-equipped medical infrastructure, the occupied territories may face a total lockdown to prevent further spread of the virus.

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) could decide to implement a total lockdown to stop a severe wave of Covid-19 in the territories under its jurisdiction where more than 2,000 cases are daily reported, according to a report issued Friday by Al-Ayyam newspaper.

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According to a recent report, the Ministry's experts diagnosed some 2,738 cases in 24 hours; 827 were located in the Gaza Strip -blocked and bombed by Israel- and the remainder in the occupied West Bank, the newspaper announced.

From the outbreak of Covid-19 in March to date, 797 Palestinians died due to the contagious disease, while 106,312 people got infected with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, causing Covid-19.

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To contain the pandemic, PNA President Mahmoud Abbas maintained a state of emergency for ninth months, which allows establishing complete or partial blockades in villages and cities and refugee camps, among other prerogatives.

The Palestinian Authority imposed a night-time and weekend total curfew, a period in which all establishments stop working, except hospitals.

Health Minister Mai Al-Kaileh warned that the next wave of the virus could occur in December and it could intensify in January 2021, and called to step up preventive measures.

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