Palestinian government ends coronavirus lockdown

A Palestinian groom, Rafeh Qassim, wears a mask as he sits in a car with his bride on their wedding day amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank April 18, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 25 May 2020

Palestinian government ends coronavirus lockdown

  • Shops and businesses will operate as normal from Tuesday

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian government is ending its two-month coronavirus lockdown in the occupied West Bank, prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh announced Monday after a steady decline in new cases.
Shops and businesses will operate as normal from Tuesday, while government employees will return to work after the Eid holiday on Wednesday, Shtayyeh told a press conference.
Mosques, churches and public parks will also reopen, though with social distancing measures. Public transport will resume.
Cafes and restaurants would be reopened but subject to restrictions to be announced in the coming days, he added.
“The easing in the measures and gradual return to normal life is being taken with caution,” Shtayyeh said, warning that an increase in cases could lead to restrictions being reinstated.
The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority declared a state of emergency in March to try to quell the spread of COVID-19.
There have been more than 400 cases in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, with three deaths.
In Gaza, which is controlled by a rival Hamas-led government, the easing of measures began several weeks ago.
The lockdown in the West Bank had been due to remain in place until June 5 but was ended early with few new cases in recent weeks.


UAE warns of $13,600 fine for returnees who break quarantine rules

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UAE warns of $13,600 fine for returnees who break quarantine rules

  • Quarantine period vary from seven days to 14, depending on where the returnees are coming from

DUBAI: UAE residents who are returning from overseas must comply with quarantine rules or face a fine of $13,600, local daily Gulf News has reported.
The government earlier announced it would ease travel restrictions to a number of countries, with airlines set to resume operations by Aug. 1.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said those who are returning to the UAE “should follow federal and local guidelines for COVID-19,” including quarantine and test procedures.
Returnees coming from low-risk countries are required to isolate for seven days, while those travelling from high-risk areas are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
“All costs for quarantining and medical assistance, whether at home or in another designated facility will be at the cost of the individual primarily,” NCEMA said.
Meanwhile, individuals who wish to take a rapid coronavirus test to enter Abu Dhabi can only do so through a booking system.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee said prior appointment is necessary to undergo the screening due to high demand.
Booking can be done on a dedicated website.