Palestinian security forces wear masks and disinfect their hands next to a hotel that has been sealed off in the town of Beit Jala, south of Jerusalem, following confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19, on March 5, 2020. (Musa Al Shaer/AFP)
A full lockdown was imposed on Tulkarem refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank, after the first two cases of novel Covid19 (coronavirus) were confirmed in the camp, according to Palestinian sources.
Governor of the northern West Bank district of Tulkarm, Issam Abu Bakr, gave instructions that the camp be quarantined to prevent further coronavirus contaminations.
The two cases were for two Palestinian men who had just returned to their homes from their workplace in Israel, where over 7400 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed so far and more than 40 deaths, reported Wafa News Agency.
Abu Bakr ordered the camp residents to stay home to prevent the spread of the pandemic, saying those who do not abide by the home quarantine will be held to account and placed under mandatory quarantine.
The governor called on residents to encourage their family members returning from Israel to report themselves to the health authorities in order to get tested for Covid-19.
Several other villages and towns in the occupied West Bank where corona cases were confirmed have also been locked down over the past week.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed 205 cases of the disease in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with one death.