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One new coronavirus case in West Bank, five in East Jerusalem - health minister


RAMALLAH, Thursday, April 23, 2020 (WAFA) – One new coronavirus case was confirmed today in the West Bank and five in occupied East Jerusalem, according to Minister of Health Mai Alkaila, raising total in Palestine to 480.

She told the daily briefing on the corona pandemic in Ramallah that the West Bank case is for a Palestinian medic from Dahrieh town who contracted the disease during his work at Augusta Victoria hospital in East Jerusalem, while the other five cases come from three different East Jerusalem neighborhoods.

She said this brings the overall total in Palestine in general, which includes the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as the Gaza Strip, to 480, among them 144 from East Jerusalem neighborhoods located inside the separation barrier, and 17 in the Gaza Strip.

Alkaila said five patients have recovered in the West Bank raising the total in the Palestinian territories in general to 92, including 18 in occupied Jerusalem.

She said that all the patients at the corona centers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are in good health and no one is currently in ICU.

She also said 384 cases remain under treatment with the recovery of 74 in the West Bank and Gaza and death of two patients in the West Bank. Two Palestinian patients have also died in East Jerusalem.

The health minister said 75 percent of the cases in the West Bank are workers in Israel and people who interacted with them and were infected.

A total of 27,000 corona tests were conducted so far, she added, and that 10,318 suspected cases are in home quarantine while 250 are in corona quarantine centers in West Bank and Gaza and 134 in East Jerusalem.


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