Coronavirus: Palestinian PM orders home confinement for West Bank Palestinians

Members of Palestinian security forces wear masks as they stand guard outside a hotel which staff tested positive for coronavirus in Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine. (File photo: AP)

The Palestinian government on Sunday ordered Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank confined to their homes for two weeks as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

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The order, announced by Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh on television, goes into force at 10 p.m. (2000GMT). Medical personnel, pharmacists, grocers and bakers would be exempt, he said.

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