Ramallah enters seven-day lockdown following surge in COVID-19 cases

Palestine

Published: 2021-03-07 17:07

Last Updated: 2021-04-11 09:51


Ramallah enters seven-day lockdown following surge in COVID-19 cases
Ramallah enters seven-day lockdown following surge in COVID-19 cases

Saturday, the Palestinian Authority imposed a seven-day total lockdown in Ramallah and al-Bireh in the West Bank. This came due to the significant increase in the number of coronavirus cases across Palestine.

"The lockdowns, the first and second ones, are for the citizens' security and for their security at home. We are not against any of the measures taken by the state aimed at protecting people," a citizen told AFP.

"People need to take care of themselves first and not anyone else. Taking care of your home and family is the most important thing."

The governor of Ramallah and al-Bireh Laila Ghanem confirmed that this decision came in a meeting held Friday with the local emergency committee with the participation with the Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh and other officials.

However, grocery stores are allowed to open on Sunday and Thursday from 9am until 5pm, with tight control over adherence to precautionary measures.

Sunday, Palestine recorded 2,264 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths.