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The unemployment rate in Israel rose to 21 percent

Unemployment surpasses 20 percent

The unemployment rate in Israel rose to 21 percent. Over 90 percent of people who became unemployed in March are on unpaid leave due to coronavirus. (Lee Yaron)

Netanyahu approves renewal of regulatory permits

The government approved the automatic renewal of a variety of permits including business licenses and product import permits for two months. The decision is meant to help reduce the bureaucratic burden on government offices and businesses. (Noa Landau)

First Palestinian dies from coronavirus

A Palestinian woman in her 60s died from coronavirus in the village of Biddu near Jerusalem, according to Ibrahim Melhem, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority. The woman had not been abroad and had no contact with verified patients, raising concerns of community spread in the West Bank. Four of her family members later tested positive for the virus.

As of Wednesday evening, 64 cases have been reported in the West Bank. (Jack Khoury)

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