Palestine extends coronavirus lockdown by one month

President Mahmoud Abbas has extended the lockdown by one month, Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said on Twitter.

Palestine extends coronavirus lockdown by one month
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Palestine announced Friday that it will extend its partial lockdown to contain the novel coronavirus. 

President Mahmoud Abbas has extended the lockdown by one month, Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said earlier that a partial lockdown has been implemented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in all provinces.

According to the decision, all trading firms except pharmacies will remain closed after 5 p.m.

So far, 161 cases have been confirmed in Palestine.

After first appearing in Wuhan, China in December, the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 181 countries and regions.

Data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University shows worldwide infections surpassing 1 million with more than 52,900 deaths. Over 210,000 have recovered.