RAMALLAH, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Palestine declared that 11 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 216.
The new cases were found in villages northwest of East Jerusalem and near Ramallah city, according to the director of the primary health care department in the Palestinian Ministry of Health Kamal al-Shakhra.
As part of the measures to control the spread of the virus, health workers are doing more tests for those suspected and those who have been in contact with them, while urging them to go into home quarantine for a period of 14 days before taking a second test to confirm their medical condition, said al-Shakhra.
Al-Shakra said that the total number of tests made so far is over 7,500 in various cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
To ensure that the suspected cases are committed to home quarantine, security forces, in cooperation with local village and municipal councils, formed committees to provide home quarantined individuals with their needs.
In total, 21 patients have recovered, including five in the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, over 14,000 people are placed under home or hospital quarantine, according to official data.