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Palestine extends state of emergency for 30 days amid coronavirus

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday declared an extension of the state of emergency by 30 days in the Palestinian territories in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The official Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported that the extension would start on Saturday.

In a presidential decree, Abbas urged the concerned authorities “to continue to take all necessary measures to face the dangers resulting from the coronavirus, protect public health, and achieve security and stability.”

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March in Palestine, Abbas had issued eight presidential decrees of extending the state of emergency to fight the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said in a press statement earlier on Friday that there is a decrease in the daily numbers of fatalities in the Palestinian territories.

The health ministry on Friday reported 545 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 51,607 and the death toll to 379 in the Palestinian territories.

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