Palestinian workers disinfect places of worship as a preventive measure amid fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus on 12 March 2020 [Ashraf Amra/ApaImages]
There were eight confirmed coronavirus cases and two deaths among Palestinian expatriates, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has said.
In a statement released last week, the Ministry said that two Palestinian diplomats at the Palestinian General Delegation in Madrid tested positive for COVID-19, and two doctors hailing from Palestinian origins also tested positive for the virus.
It confirmed that a member of the Palestinian community in Spain died as a result of the coronavirus.
In Austria, the ministry confirmed that a Palestinian-Austrian, 87, died due to contracting coronavirus, and his Austrian wife contracted the virus.
The Ministry also said that that three members of the Palestinian community in Brazil tested positive for the virus. They were placed under home quarantine, and their condition is stable.
At the same time, two other Palestinians are suspected of being infected with the virus in Brazil.
In Slovakia, a Palestinian doctor has gone to voluntary home quarantine as a precautionary measure after being in touch with a Slovak colleague who tested positive for the virus.
In Belarus, a Palestinian student was placed under quarantine as a precautionary measure although he tested negative for the virus. This procedure was taken after he came in contact with a person who was in touch with a confirmed coronavirus case.
Meanwhile, in a letter sent to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister Riyad al-Malki called upon Canada to extend urgent financial assistance to the Palestinian government’s budget as well as medical aid to confront the coronavirus pandemic.