Palestinian municipality employees spray disinfectant in the West Bank town of Hebron, 24 March 2020
Palestinian municipality employees spray disinfectant in the West Bank town of Hebron, 24 March 2020
Photo: EPA
A view of empty street and closed shops ahead of the Muslim holyday of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting holy month of Ramadan, in the West Bank city of Hebron

Palestinians easing coronavirus restrictions in West Bank

Palestinian PM says time has come to 'cautiously return life to normal' with houses of worship, shops and factories set to reopen on Tuesday to coincide with the end of the holy month of Ramadan

Reuters |
Published: 05.25.20 , 14:42
Mosques, churches and businesses in the West Bank will reopen on Tuesday in an easing of coronavirus restrictions, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday.
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  • The Palestinian Authority declared a health emergency in March and imposed lockdowns after the first cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.
    Shtayyeh said it was time to "cautiously return life to normal" now that infection rates had slowed.
    A view of empty street and closed shops ahead of the Muslim holyday of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting holy month of Ramadan, in the West Bank city of Hebron A view of empty street and closed shops ahead of the Muslim holyday of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting holy month of Ramadan, in the West Bank city of Hebron
    A view of empty street and closed shops ahead of the Muslim holyday of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting holy month of Ramadan, in the West Bank city of Hebron
    (Photo: EPA)

    The reopening of houses of worship, shops and factories on Tuesday will coincide with the last day of the Eid El-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
    Shtayyeh said that government ministries and offices would reopen on Wednesday and that checkpoints set up to limit traffic between West Bank cities would be removed.
    The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed 423 cases of the new coronavirus in the West Bank and two deaths.
    Palestinian municipality employees spray disinfectant in the West Bank town of Hebron, 24 March 2020 Palestinian municipality employees spray disinfectant in the West Bank town of Hebron, 24 March 2020
    Palestinian municipality employees spray disinfectant in the West Bank town of Hebron, 24 March 2020
    (Photo: EPA)
    The health crisis has led to a 50% fall in commercial revenues in the West Bank, in a blow to an already ailing economy in which unemployment is at 17.6%, local officials said.
    In the Gaza Strip, which is run by the Palestinian Authority's rival, the Islamist group Hamas, 54 coronavirus cases and one death have been recorded.

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