Palestine starts emergency budget amid COVID-19 spread

A Palestinian woman, wearing a mask as a preventive measure against coronavirus, looks out of a car upon her return from abroad, at Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip March 8, 2020

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday decided to start an emergency budget in the Palestinian territories amid the COVID-19 spread.

Abbas issued instructions to Prime Minister Mohammad Ishtaye to start taking the emergency budget measure, without specifying the total value, the Palestinian state-run news agency WAFA reported.

Ishtaye said the financial needs to combat the virus reached 120 million U.S. dollars, noting that the budget’s deficiency will double and the national economic losses will be huge, the report said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said that two new cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in the West Bank, bringing the total number of infections to 263 in the Palestinian territories.  

(Source / 09.04.2020) 

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