Palestine tightens lockdown after recording 2 new COVID-19 deaths

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RAMALLAH, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Palestine tightened the precautionary measures all over the West Bank on Wednesday after recording two new COVID-19 deaths, raising the total fatalities to 24 since March 5.

On Wednesday, a full lockdown dominated the West Bank after the Palestinian government decided earlier to extend it for another five days to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

The Palestinian Authority's Ministry of National Economy announced earlier on Wednesday that it fined 15 owners of industrial and commercial establishments for not abiding by the precautionary measures to combat coronavirus.

The Palestinian police also announced that they had shut down 121 stores, seized 55 vehicles, and arrested 13 citizens for not abiding by the state of emergency and lockdown.

The ministry said in a press statement that it recorded 475 new COVID-19 infections during the last 24 hours, adding that the total number of cases climbed to 5,544.

The statement said that 668 cases had recovered, while 21 cases are still receiving intensive medical care.

China has helped Palestine in its fight against COVID-19 outbreak.

On April 20, China handed over a batch of medical supplies to Palestine. In mid-April, Palestine received a shipment of medical aid donated by China's Alibaba company.

Since April 14, Chinese doctors and medical experts have held three video conferences with Palestinian counterparts to share the Chinese experience in containing the coronavirus outbreak. Enditem

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