Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip saw 2.357 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, setting a record for the second consecutive day, the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry reports.
A record 1,532 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in the West Bank in the past 24 hours, according to Health Ministry statistics.
Testing has doubled over the past few weeks to over 8,000 tests per day, but with around 17% of tests in the West Bank coming back positive, it’s likely that many cases are still spreading undetected.
The Palestinian Authority imposed a nightly curfew across the West Bank on Sunday. But the new regulations — which included a total lockdown on Friday and Saturday — have yet to make a dent in virus numbers. It usually takes 10-14 days before the results of a lockdown are seen.
The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry reports 815 new cases in the past 24 hours, with 32% of tests taken coming back positive, according to the Hamas health ministry.
— Aaron Boxerman