Palestinian president says to ease lockdown measures

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said the lockdown measures amid the COVID-19 will be eased according to a “carefully set plan” in some areas of Palestine.

The easing of the lockdown measures will come as the Muslim’s fasting month of Ramadan approaches, Abbas said as he chaired the Palestinian cabinet video conference.

Abbas applauded the government’s effort in containing the outbreak, and its readiness to provide the population with their needs amidst the lockdown.

On March 5, Abbas declared a state of emergency for one month, right after the first cases of COVID-19 were found in the city of Bethlehem. The emergency state was later extended for a second month.

A set of other issues were also discussed during the video conference.

On the issue of Israeli threats to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, Abbas said, “Despite our engagement in containing the coronavirus, we have never kept away from our main goal, which is ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Palestine has so far reported a total of 449 COVID-19 cases, including three deaths. Enditem

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