Ramallah (QNN)- The Ministry of Health announced that 312 new coronavirus cases and 241 recoveries were registered during the last 24 hours, while zero deaths were registered for the first time in 52 days.
The Minister of Health, Mai Keleh, said the average of recoveries in Palestine have reached 87.5% while the active cases reached 11.7% and the deaths reached 0.8%.
She added that no deaths have been registered during the last 24 hours for the first time in 52 days.
Al Keleh added that there are 40 cases in the Intensive Care Units, including 6 on ventilators.
The Minister of Health, Mai Al-Kailah, announced that the rate of recovery from the Corona virus in Palestine reached 87.4%, while the rate of active infections reached 11.8%, and the death rate was 0.8% of all infections.
In the daily report on the epidemiological situation of the Coronavirus in Palestine, Minister Al-Kaila added, today, Tuesday, that two deaths were recorded in the West Bank (a 72-year-old citizen from Bethlehem, and a 78-year-old citizen from Halhul), in addition to two deaths in the Gaza Strip (a 25-year-old citizen). From Gaza, a 78-year-old citizen from Jabalia), all of them suffer from chronic diseases.
Regarding recovery cases, 536 cases were recorded in the northern governorates (72 Hebron, 43 Jenin, 29 Tulkarm, 10 Qalqilya, 5 Salfit, 43 Nablus, 39 Bethlehem, Ramallah and Al-Bireh 276, Jericho and Al-Aghwar 15, Tubas 4) in addition to 77 A case in the Gaza Strip.
She added that the new casualties were distributed according to the following: Hebron Governorate (67), Nablus Governorate (53), Bethlehem Governorate (54), Qalqilya Governorate (8), Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate (31), Jenin (54), Jericho and Al-Aghwar (26) ), Salfit (14), Tubas (15), Tulkarm (104), the Gaza Strip (73), and the suburbs of Jerusalem (17).
The Minister of Health indicated that there are 41 patients in intensive care rooms, including 7 patients on artificial respirators.
Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Executive Committee Saeb Erekat has contracted COVID-19 and has been rushed to hospital for treatment, a PLO statement announced on Friday morning.
The statement, which was posted on Erekat’s Twitter account, apologised for cancelling all appointments until his recovery.
The statement of the PLO’s Executive Committee and Negotiations Department announced that Erekat had caught COVID-19 and expressed hope for his “speedy recovery”.
Erekat has had a lung transplant in the US and was set to leave for Jordan on Saturday for medical treatment.
Erekat was born in 1955 in Abu Dis and holds a PhD in Peace Studies. He was the minister of local governance in the first Palestinian Authority government.
In 2009, he was elected member of Fatah’s Central Committee and member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, and was later nominated its Secretary General by the PLO President Mahmoud Abbas.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- 1200 worshipers joined Friday prayer with social distancing at Al Aqsa mosque today, while Israeli authorities continued to prevent Palestinians from outside the Old City from performing prayers at the holy mosque, using Jewish holidays and COVID-19 restrictions as a justification.
For the third Friday in a row, Israeli forces continued to close the road to the Old City and closed Bab Al Amoud, preventing worshipers from praying at Al Aqsa mosque.
Israeli forces set dozens of new checkpoints and carried out random searches, preventing dozens of them from reaching the Al Aqsa mosque.
The Israeli restrictions forced dozens of worshipers to perform prayers at the closest area to the holy mosque.
Israeli forces imposed random fines on worshipers in the neighborhood of Al Misrarah after they insisted to perform prayers near Bab Al Amoud.
Israeli authorities prevent Palestinians from performing prayers at the Al Aqsa mosque, while on the other side, allowing dozens of settlers to celebrate holidays in the courtyards of Al Aqsa mosque and the streets of the occupied city.
The Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras has started a new battle with his “empty intestines” for 74 consecutive days in a protest against his administrative detention, amid warnings that he could die at any minute in the Israeli Kaplan hospital.
The hunger strike is considered as a last resort by the administrative detainees to express their rejection of the administrative detention policy.
According to B’Tselem, “Administrative detention is incarceration without trial or charge, alleging that a person plans to commit a future offense.”
“It has no time limit, and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed. Israel employs this measure extensively and routinely, and has used it to hold thousands of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time.”
“While detention orders are formally reviewed, this is merely a semblance of judicial oversight, as detainees cannot reasonably mount a defense against undisclosed allegations. Nevertheless, courts uphold the vast majority of orders.”
Maher’s wife has also started a hunger strike to express solidarity with her husband.
A 49-year-old Palestinian prisoner and father of six children from Jenin, has been on hunger strike for 70 consecutive days
The wife of Palestinian prisoner and hunger striker Maher Al-Akhras announced yesterday that she will be joining her husband in his ongoing hunger strike, reported Wafa news agency.
According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), Taghrid Al-Akhras hopes that by joining her husband’s hunger strike, she will be able to garner more attention to his case and his deteriorating health condition.
Al-Akhras, a 49-year-old father of six from Silat Ad-Daher town, south of Jenin, has been on hunger strike for 73 consecutive days.
Taghrid spoke of the lack of real solidarity with her husband, saying that the occupation authorities aim to kill him. She said: “My husband’s health is constantly worsening and his spasms are now frequent and dangerous.”
He is currently in Kaplan Medical Centre, having been diagnosed with hypertension in 2018, and now suffering from significant weight loss.
On Tuesday, a number of activists and members of Knesset from the Joint List visited Al-Akhras at the hospital. However, upon their arrival, MKs Ofer Cassif, Ahmad Tibi and Osama Saadi were detained for nearly 20 minutes at the hospital entrance.
“I visited Al-Akhras two weeks ago, but his condition has deteriorated since, he is suffering and being tormented,” Cassif told Local Call.
“If Israel lets him die, it will be the fault of the Israeli government,” added Cassif. He said he had demanded Defence Minister Benny Gantz to release Al-Akhras but was rejected by defence officials.
“Administrative detention is the ugliest of tools,” said Tibi at the entrance to the hospital. “There are no charges, only a secret case. He’s facing death, so we came here to demand his release.”