Government seeks to extend Shin Bet tracking ■ Finance Ministry seeks to reopen economy by end of May ■ 235 people died from COVID-19 ■ Local Arab leaders protest inequality in economic response ■ PA extends emergency regulations by 30 days
As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Israel and the Palestinians are working to curb the spread of COVID-19 among their populations.
■ 16,246 people in Israel have so far tested positive for the coronavirus; 235 people have died. In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, 515 people tested positive; two people have died. In the Gaza Strip, 17 people were diagnosed, 12 of which recovered.
■ The Israeli government approved a series of steps to ease the lockdown restrictions, including allowing group prayer, partial reopening of the economy and stores, and fines for not wearing masks in public. Some coronavirus wards started closing as cases decline.