As a precaution against the spread of Coronavirus, the Palestinian government on Sunday ordered Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank confined to their homes for two weeks.
The order, announced by Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh on television, goes into force at 10 p.m. Medical personnel, pharmacists, grocers and bakers would be exempt, he said.
For most people, the new Coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.
Scientists have not yet determined exactly how the new Coronavirus first infected people. Evidence suggests it originated in bats, which infected another animal that spread it to people at a market in Wuhan.