The authorities Palestine confirmed on Monday five more coronavirus cases, amid an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the West Bank city.
Government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem said in a statement, “The Health Ministry has reported an increase in the number of people infected with coronavirus to 25, after four cases were recorded in Bethlehem (south), and one in Tulkarm (north).”
According to the sources of Anadolu Agnecy, Palestinian Health Minister Mai Al-Kaileh said on Thursday that it was decided to activate the emergency plan in the governorates of Bethlehem and Jericho. Accordingly, all educational institutions and training centers in the Bethlehem Governorate are closed for 14 days.
Earlier Sunday, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett he was seriously considering completely shutting off all Palestinian Authority-governed portions of the West Bank as part of Israel’s ongoing effort to control the spread of the coronavirus.
It is to be noted that an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, started in December 2019.
It was first identified in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, China. As of 26 February 2020, 81,278 cases have been confirmed, including in all provinces of China and more than forty other countries.
There have been 2,770 deaths attributable to the disease, including 55 outside mainland China, surpassing that of the 2003 SARS outbreak.
However, more than 30,000 people have since recovered.