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Palestine records 2,170 Covid-19 cases, 21 deaths

RAMALLAH, Friday, December 18, 2020 (WAFA) – Palestine today recorded 2,170 new Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths, according to Health Minister Mai al-Kaileh.

She announced that 2,170 Palestinians contracted the highly contagious virus and 21 others died of it in the occupied territories.

Among the 2,170 new cases, 1,173 cases were recorded in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and 997 in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The West Bank cases were distributed as follows: 155 cases in Hebron governorate, 148 in Jenin, 164 in Nablus, 75 in Tulkarm, 116 in Ramallah & al-Bireh, 38 in Salfit, 29 in Qalqilia, 29 in Tubas, 89 in Bethlehem, six in Jerusalem suburbs, 11 in Jericho & the Jordan Valley, and 313 in Jerusalem city.

Al-Kaileh identified the new 21 deaths as 16 from the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and five from the Gaza Strip.

The West Bank deaths were distributed as follows: one in Hebron, two in Bethlehem, two in Jenin, two in Ramallah & al-Bireh, one in Salfit, one in Tulkarm, two in Qalqilia, three in Nablus and two in Jerusalem city.

Al-Kaileh pointed to the fact that 1,791 Covid-19 patients recovered. They included 1,217 recovery cases in the West Bank and 574 in the Gaza Strip.

The West Bank recoveries were distributed as follows: 219 in Hebron governorate, 163 in Jenin, 222 in Nablus, 90 in Tulkarm, 37 in Salfit, 39 in Tubas, 185 in Ramallah and al-Bireh, 48 in Qalqilia and 214 in Jerusalem city.

She added that 131 Covid-19 patients are still hospitalized in intensive care units, including 34 who are connected to ventilators.

According to the latest coronavirus data, the confirmed cases in the occupied territories (West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza) reached 135,356.

Out of the 135,356 cases, 87,454 are recorded in the West Bank, 32,158 in the Gaza Strip and 15,744 in East Jerusalem.

Recoveries have totaled 108,631, and the death toll reached 1,207, leaving a total of 25,518 active cases.

Recoveries account for 80.2 percent of the total cases, active cases for 18.9 percent and the fatalities for 0.9 since the pandemic outbreak in March.

K.F.

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