The Governor of Salfit, Abdallah Kmeil, ordered on Friday, a temporary lockdown of Qarawat Bani Hassan town, northwest of Salfit city, over fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Palestinian WAFA News Agency, Kmeil ordered the Palestinian villagers to stay in their homes indefinitely until paramedics complete the testing of 250 suspected COVID-19 cases in the town, after they were exposed to a confirmed case, contracted in Pakistan.

The Governor ordered the closure of all cafes, beauty salons, barbershops, to suspend all gatherings and to avoid contact with Israeli settlers.