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Health official warns Covid-19 infections curve in Ramallah bends upward

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, December 15, 2020 (WAFA) – A Palestinian health official today warned that the Covid-19 infections curve in Ramallah governorate continues to bend upward.

Speaking in an interview with Voice of Palestine radio, head of the Ramallah and al-Bireh Health Directorate Mutasim Muheisin said that due to the lack of compliance with precautionary and public safety measures among people, the infections spread continue to show an upward trend.

“If the epidemic curve continues to show this upward trend, a recommendation will be submitted to the Health Minister ]Mai al-Kaileh[ on tightening the measures designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus,” he added, while pointing that such measures would tightened in line with relevant standards related to the number of deaths and infections.

This came as the Tulkarm, Nablus, Bethlehem and Hebron governorates, which have a population of some 1.6 million, have been under a weeklong lockdown after they were assigned the red color, indicating a high infection rate.

Meanwhile, Anan Rashid, a health official in charge of clinical beds, said that in light of the expected surge in the infections number in the winter, new centers have been designated for Covid-19 treatment and more hospital sections were designated for emergency cases.

He added that the capacity of hospitals has been raised following international indicators showing that 15 to 20 percent of people will be admitted to hospitals and 3 to 6 percent will need intensive care.

K.T. /K.F.

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