Israel loosens covid restrictions, while Palestinians experience third wave of virus

People, wearing protective masks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, walk in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on July 12, 2020 [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
People, wearing protective masks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, walk in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on July 12, 2020

Israel has lifted orders for masks to be worn outside after about 56 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated, Reuters reports.

Health Minister, Yuli Edelstein, urged people to continue carrying masks with them for entry into indoor public spaces, where they are still required.

Meanwhile, Israelis who wish to return to the country but who have not yet been vaccinated must still self-isolate, while foreign travellers’ entry is being limited over concerns virus variants could challenge the vaccine.

“We are leading the world right now when it comes to emerging from the coronavirus,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters. “[But] we have still not finished with the coronavirus. It can return.”

Daily new coronavirus infections in Israel have fallen from a peak of 10,000 in January to around 100 more recently.

Vaccine uptake in the territories occupied by Israel, however, has not been so high, as occupation authorities have not provided inoculations to Palestinians living under their brutal regime.

Human rights organisations have argued that international law requires Israel to provide Palestinians with similar access to vaccines as its own citizens as an occupying power. Many have said this “Israel’s vaccine apartheid“.

The besieged Gaza Strip yesterday recorded the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the coastal enclave said.

According to the daily briefing issued by the ministry, 23 people died from coronavirus and there were 446 new infections.

READ: Israel prevents non-vaccinated Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque

(Source / 19.04.2021)

Gaza: 23 deaths, 466 new cases of COVID-19, and 1,501 recoveries

Gaza: 23 deaths, 466 new cases of COVID-19, and 1,501 recoveries

Gaza post – The Hamas_run Ministry of Health stated on Thursday.

-The total number of samples that were withdrawn was 1131 in the last 24 hours.

– 466 new COVID-19 cases.

– 1501 recovery cases.

– 23 COVID_19 deaths.

-The total cumulative of the infected since last March 90088 cases include:

_ 20178 active cases.

_ 69149 recoveries.

 761 deaths.

-The total number of cases requiring medical care in the hospital is 421 .

-The total number of serious and critical cases are 305 .

(Source / 18.04.2021)

Even as COVID-19 spread, Israel hasn’t ceased persecution and detention of Palestinians

The Israeli occupation and apartheid regime have not ceased their persecution and detention of Palestinians, even as COVID-19 spread across the occupied Palestinian territory, said the Palestinian prisoners rights organization Addameer.

In the occassion of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, April 17, the group said that in 2020, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 4,634 Palestinians, among them 543 children and 128 women, in addition to issuing 1,114 administrative detention orders.

Addameer said that the occupation authorities introduced a set of measures that exacerbate Palestinian prisoners’ conditions under the pretext of preventing the spread of COVID-19: most notably, the isolation of Palestinian prisoners from the outside world by banning visits by their lawyers and families.

Conversely, and paradoxically, it said that prison special forces continue to forcibly break into prisoners’ sections, posing a danger to prisoners by increasing their likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 during these incursions.

By the end of March 2021, the number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees reached 4,450, including 37 women, 140 children, and 440 administrative detainees, according to Addameer.

Among the prisoners are 15 journalists, hundreds of university students, and ten Palestinian Legislative Council members.

The group said that Israeli occupation authorities deliberately prolong providing healthcare to Palestinian prisoners, further exacerbating their health conditions, particularly sick prisoners transferred to Ramleh prison clinic, where about 14-16 prisoners stay permanently suffering from poor health and living conditions.

In 2020, four Palestinian prisoners were martyred in prison—Nour El-Deen Al-Barghouthi, Sa’ad Al-Gharabili, Daoud Al-Khatib, and Kamal Abu Wa’ar.

Since 1967 and to this day, the Israeli occupation authorities continue to withhold the bodies of seven martyred detainees.

Addameer said that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Israeli occupation authorities have imposed complete isolation on Palestinian prisoners and detainees.

After declaring a state of emergency, detainees were banned from visits by their lawyers and families. The Israeli Prison Service implemented further arbitrary practices and decisions to impose greater repression and control over the prisoners, the most prominent of which has been halting the transfer of prisoners to Israeli military courts for trial. Instead, sessions are held via video conferences, where procedures are marred by clear violations of the right to a fair trial.

It also said that besides denying detainees’ confidential meetings with their lawyers, trials via videoconferencing often lead to issues where the detainee cannot hear or understand the ongoings of the trial session.

Moreover, the lack of precise translation of the proceedings means that detainees lose their right to understand the nature of the charges and evidence presented against them during the session.

Also, prison conditions continue to be inhumane and do not align with the bare minimum of adequate living standards.

Prisoners and detainees suffer from severe overcrowding, further compounding the vulnerability of Palestinian prisoners and detainees.Initial preventative measures taken by the Israeli Prison Service included the distribution of soap and small containers of chlorine to prisoners, in addition to the sterilization of cells and a reduction of interactions between prison guards and prisoners. Nonetheless, these minimal measures failed to prevent the spread of the virus between prisoners through prison guards and interrogators.

Addameer said that since the spread of COVID-19, nearly 368 prisoners have been infected across various detention and interrogation centers.

The highest numbers being reported in Gilboa, Negev (Ketziot), Ramon, and Ofer prison. In detention centers such as Etzion and Huwara, Palestinian detainees are subjected to harsh conditions.

The occupation authorities quarantined new detainees in filthy cells, with inadequate food (and the lack thereof), along with dirty blankets (and the additional lack thereof) in the face of extreme cold, before transferring them to prison. Furthermore, detainees were not provided with hygiene products such as soap, toothbrushes, and towels.

Addammer said that the crimes of the Israeli apartheid regime increase over time, legislating itself to claim a more “legal” form, as the world stays silent, neglecting to expose these practices or ensuring accountability or to work to eliminate this racist regime that stands in front of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and freedom from occupation.

Addammer called on the international community to take the necessary steps to declare this occupation, and all its policies and practices, an illegal reality that must end immediately, along with an end to prosecuting Palestinian civilians in military courts.

Addammer stated that the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination must be guaranteed, and the occupying power must be held accountable for its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people.

(Source / 17.04.2021)

Gaza Strip recorded 1425 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

Gaza Strip recorded 1425 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

Gaza_Gaza post – The Hamas_run Ministry of Health stated on Wednesday.

-The total number of samples that were withdrawn was 4762 in the last 24 hours.

– 1425 new COVID-19 cases.

– 1000 recovery cases.

– 10 COVID_19 deaths.

-The total cumulative of the infected since last March 86004 cases include:

20899_ active cases.

64393_ recoveries.

712 _ deaths.

-The total number of cases requiring medical care in the hospital is 398.

-The total number of serious and critical cases are 270.

(Source / 14.04.2021)

Wounded Palestinian Detainee Contracts Covid-19 In Israeli Prison

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed, Friday, that another detainee has contracted Covid-19 in Ofer Israeli prison where dozens of detainees are held in dire living conditions, and lack of sanitary products.

Abu Ajamiyya, 19, from the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, has tested positive for the virus, and was moved to a section where other detainees, who have coronavirus, are held.

The PPS added that Ramzi was abducted from his family’s home, in Deheishe, on March 29th, only ten days after an Israeli soldier shot him in the leg during an invasion into the refugee camp.

The detainee is expected to appear in trial on April 12th, while his “charges” remain unclear, likely related to “protesting the invasion into the refugee camp.”

The PPS said that there are 368 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails who have the coronavirus.

(Source / 10.04.2021)

COVID-19 Daily Updates in the Gaza Strip

COVID-19 Daily Updates in the Gaza Strip

Gaza_Gaza post – The Hamas_run Ministry of Health stated on Friday.

-The total number of samples that were withdrawn was 3400 in the last 24 hours.

– 1673 new COVID-19 cases.

– 592 recovery cases.

– 11 COVID_19 deaths.

-The total cumulative of the infected since last March 78980 cases include:

17915_ active cases.

60404_ recoveries.

 661 _ deaths.

-The total number of cases requiring medical care in the hospital is 324.

-The total number of serious and critical cases are 259.

(Source / 09.04.2021)

COVID-19 Daily Updates in the Gaza StripCOVID-19 Daily Updates in the Gaza Strip

COVID-19 Daily Updates in the Gaza StripCOVID-19 Daily Updates in the Gaza Strip

Gaza – The Hamas_run Ministry of Health stated on Sunday.

-The total number of samples that were withdrawn was 3728 in the last 24 hours.

– (1628) new COVID-19 cases.

– 272 recovery cases.

–  2 COVID_19 deaths.

-The total cumulative of the infected since last March 70435 cases include:

  • 11734 active cases.
  • 58071 recoveries.
  • 630 deaths.

-The total number of cases requiring medical care in the hospital is 257.

-The total number of serious and critical cases are 166.

(Source / 04.04.2021)

Palestine confirms 24 new deaths due to coronavirus

A Palestinian bus driver wears a protective mask amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus, in the West Bank on 7 March 2020 [HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images]
A Palestinian bus driver wears a protective mask amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus, in the West Bank on 7 March 2020

Palestinian health authorities registered 24 new fatalities and 1,651 infections today from the coronavirus pandemic, Anadolu Agency reports.

Health Minister Mai Al-Kaila said 16 deaths and 698 cases were recorded in the West Bank while 953 cases and eight fatalities were registered in the Gaza Strip.

According to the minister, 200 of those infected are in intensive care units, while 63 patients are supported by artificial respirators.

Palestine has reported 277,130 coronavirus cases, including 2,941 deaths, since the first case of COVID-19 was detected last year, according to the Health Ministry.

READ: Palestine faces dangerous Covid-19 situation

Israel is refusing to protect the five million Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza by vaccinating them against the coronavirus – Cartoon 

(Source / 03.04.2021)

Covid-19 in Palestine: 16 deaths, 1,870 new cases within 24 hours

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah announced on Tuesday that 16 deaths, 1,870 new cases of the coronavirus and 2,395 recoveries were recorded during the past 24 hours.

Mai Al-Kailah, the Palestinian Minister of Health, confirmed in the daily epidemiological report of coronavirus that 10 deaths and 1,085 infections were recorded in the West Bank while 6 deaths and 785 new cases were recorded in the Gaza Strip.

She added that the recovery rate of the coronavirus reached 89.8 percent while the rate of active infections reached 9.1 percent and the death rate was 1.1% of all infections, the ministry added.

The minister pointed out that there are 213 critically ill patients who have been admitted to intensive care units including 68 who have been placed on ventilators.

Regarding the vaccination campaign, Kailah noted that the total number of people who received the corona vaccine in the West Bank and Gaza Strip reached 73,964, including 7,978 who received the two doses of the vaccine.

(Source / 31.03.2021)

New Israeli coronavirus mutation discovered in occupation state of ‘Israel’

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- A new Israeli coronavirus mutation has been discovered in the occupation state of ‘Israel’, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.

“The Israeli variant appears in samples from July but is disappearing and the evidence for it is dwindling,” Israeli Health Ministry said in a statement, two days after scientists from Israel’s Central Virology Laboratory posted a paper about the mutation on MedRxiv, Jerusalem Post said.

In the report, however, it says that the strain was identified in clinical samples for the first time in November 2020 and in wastewater sequencing a month before.

In October 2020, it was found at a 5% frequency in wastewater samples from Rahat city.

In November, the strain was discovered at a frequency of 98% in Netanya and Haifa, The Jerusalem Post reported.

So far, some 181 people are known to have been infected with the mutation, according to the paper.

The British variant remains the dominant strain in the occupation state.

The strain has not been associated with higher infection rates nor does it appear to cause more serious illness.

Furthermore, the Pfizer vaccine appears effective against it.

The variant was discovered by the Central Virology Laboratory at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, during routine genetic sequencing.

The ministry said it has “no clinical or epidemiological significance.”

“There is nothing new and nothing worrying here,” Prof. Eyal Leshem, director of Sheba’s Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases, told The Jerusalem Post.

More than 5.2 million Israelis have received at least one dose of the vaccine, among them more than 4.7 million who have received both doses, according to Israeli Health Ministry.

Israeli coronavirus death toll stands at 6,188.

However, Palestinian Health Ministry said today that a total of 52,449 people in the occupied West Bank have been vaccinated against coronavirus, and 21,515 people in the besieged Gaza Strip, after ‘Israel’ excluded the nearly 5 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, under its military occupation, from COVID-19 vaccination.

Several rights groups have called on ‘Israel’ to give the Palestinians access to the vaccine, as it is obligated to do so as an occupying power.

Under the fourth Geneva Convention, ‘Israel’, as an occupying power, is obligated to provide Palestinians with the vaccines, as the occupying forces are responsible for providing healthcare to the population of the occupied area.

Most states as well as the United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the International Court of Justice, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, consider ‘Israel’ to be an occupying power.

To date, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, there have been nearly 2868 deaths related to COVID-19 among Palestinians in the OPT since the beginning of the pandemic, 610 of them in the Gaza strip.

(Source / 30.03.2021)