Seven More Coronavirus Patients in Gaza, Israel Under Lockdown as Cases Near 2,500

As the highly contagious coronavirus spreads around the world, Israel and the Palestinians struggle to contain a local outbreak that has virtually halted daily life and led to tens of thousands of people entering quarantine.

■ 2,495 Israelis have so far tested positive for the coronavirus, with the vast majority of cases mild and 64 recoveries. Five patients have died and 41 are in serious condition.

■ In the West Bank, 64 cases have been diagnosed so far, and 17 have recovered, the majority of them in Bethlehem. One woman in her 60s died in the West Bank. The Palestinian prime minister ordered a lockdown as of Sunday night. In Gaza, nine cases were diagnosed, the first two after returning from Pakistan, while seven came down with the virus after coming to contact with them. 

■ Israel's government approved emergency measures to limit movement of citizens and trade, shuttering cultural and recreational establishments as well as schools and universities and banning gatherings of over 10 people. Read the complete guide to the lockdown. No foreigners are allowed to enter Israel, unless they apply for special permits from the Foreign Ministry in advance and can prove they are able to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. 

■ For information on the Health Ministry's app that tracks contact with confirmed coronavirus patients, click here. For more information on the Health Ministry's official website on the corovavirus outbreak, click here.

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