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  Al-Kailah:   Third Wave of Corona   Sweeps  Palestinian Territories


Wed 24 Feb 2021 | 03:38 PM
Ahmed Moamar

Today, Wednesday, the Palestinian Minister of Health, Mai Al-Kaila, confirmed the third wave of the outbreak of the Coronavirus is spreading in the Palestinian territories.

The minister warned that the cases of infection are increasing, at a sharp ascending pace.

In her interview with Voice of Palestine radio, Al-Kailah said: “The positive test is very high, in addition to the fact that the occupancy rate (in hospital beds) is considered the highest since the beginning of the pandemic in the West Bank, 80%, and the ventilator occupancy is 48%, and it is considered the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.

She added: "Today, I called for an urgent meeting of the Corona crisis team  to make an assessment of the situation, and then the epidemiological committee will meet  and raise its report  to the Prime Minister because there is thinking about the closure due to the sharp rise."

And Kaila added, "We are very concerned, and today we will send an assessment of the situation that may arise to the total closure in the Palestinian territories."

The minister indicated that she directed the general directors of hospitals to have a special section for Corona in all government and private hospitals, and this is in order to expand the places to accommodate Corona patients.

The Minister of Health explained that part of the new mutations of the Coronavirus affects young people around the world.

She warned that this indicator is very worrying.

On the other hand,  “Russia Today” correspondent in Palestine reported that a number of Palestinian ministers in the government of Muhammad Shtayyeh had been infected with the novel  Coronavirus.

Among the injured ministers is the 74-year-old Economy Minister Khaled Al-Asaily.

Al-Asaily said he has contracted the Coronavirus, and currently, he is in-home quarantine.

This comes a few hours after it was announced that government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem was injured.

Palestine has so far recorded about 200,000   infections with COVID-19 and 2,200 deaths.