Israel's number of coronavirus patients who have recovered is now more than twice the number of active cases, according to the Health Ministry. There are now 11,007 patients who have recovered and just 5,302 active cases. Since the crisis began, a total of 245 people in Israel have died from the disease. The number of hospitalized patients currently stands at 237. Of those, 83 are in serious condition, including 68 who are intubated. With the number of new infections dropping, the government has begun rolling back restrictions meant to curb the outbreak. The restriction that prevented people from visiting with family has ended, and the government has now approved the reopening of malls and outdoor markets. The next stage for Israel’s 'reopening' strategy is to have preschools and daycares fully reopen this Sunday—a step that's considered essential if parents are to return to work to revive the economy.
The Palestinian Authority has officially asked the UN to halt Israel’s pending plans to annex West Bank settlements. A UN Security Council discussion on the matter is expected to be held on May 20. Riyad Mansour—the Palestinian envoy to the UN—said the Palestinians were seeking a “wide and powerful front in the UN to prevent Israel from annexing parts of the West Bank.” Earlier this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas chaired a meeting of the Fatah Central Council, and threatened to renounce all signed agreements with Israel in response to their plan. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure from settlers to quickly move forward with the plans, particularly now that the Israel's High Court of Justice has ruled in favor of his premiership.