Palestine approves financial aid to workers affected by COVID-19

Palestine agreed on Monday to pay financial aid to Palestinian workers, who had been economically affected by COVID-19 in the Palestinian territories, an official press statement said.

At the end of a weekly online meeting of the Palestinian Authority cabinet, the statement said that the financial aid will include 68,000 workers and each of them will receive 200 U.S. dollars.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye, who chaired the meeting, said that many countries worldwide are back to imposing partial lockdown because of the dangerous increase of the coronavirus cases, the statement added.

Ishtaye warned that this winter “would be harsh and painful to everyone,” adding that “in Palestine, the situation is under control although the rate of infections is increasing.”

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Health Ministry recorded four more fatalities and 749 new COVID-19 cases in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, raising the tally of infections to 66,551 and the death toll to 565.

The total recoveries in the Palestinian territories rose to 58,581 with 438 more ones while the active cases stand at 7,405.

“The four new fatalities were all from the West Bank, while there are 37 patients in critical conditions and still receive intensive medical care,” the ministry said in a press statement sent to Xinhua.