Fifteen new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the West Bank today, bringing total in West Bank to 122 and in Palestine in general to 134, according to government spokesman Mohammad Milhem.
He said at the daily briefing on the deadly coronavirus pandemic that the 15 cases were of Palestinians who worked at a poultry factory in the Israeli Atarot industrial area in occupied East Jerusalem and live in several West Bank villages.
He said Israel informed the Palestinian Authority of the possibility of the workers being infected and therefore nine of the infected workers who were in one bus were taken straight from the factory to quarantine centers in Ramallah, while the rest have crossed the Israeli military checkpoints on their own, went to their villages and mingled with people before they were detected, which could raise the number of infected after tests are conducted on all those who interacted with the workers.
Two cases were earlier confirmed in the Gaza Strip of women in their 60s, bringing the total in the besieged enclave to 12.
A total of 18 corona cases have recovered and one death in the West Bank.