The number of people infected by the new coronavirus has more than doubled in a week in the west bank, according to the official tally released Monday by the palestinian Authority, which has recently been alarmed by a second wave of infections, “more dangerous than the first.”
A week ago, Monday, 15 June, the number of cases amounted to 430 in the west bank, according to the palestinian ministry of Health.
The palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, and now officially 903 cases, more than double.
On Monday alone, a total of 142 patients were identified, “the toll the highest for a single day” since the beginning of the pandemic, said the ministry.
On Thursday, the minister of Health May al-Kaila was a second wave of infections, “more dangerous than the first because many cases have been discovered without knowing the source of the contamination, and members of the medical staff have also been infected.”
The cities of Nablus and Hebron, in the north and the south of the occupied west bank, have been temporarily buckled Saturday after having experienced a significant rise in the number of infections.
The majority of patients were infected by Palestinians working in Israel or by israeli Arabs who have visited the west bank, according to Ms. Kaila.
The palestinian authorities have urged the israeli Arabs, descendants of Palestinians stayed on their land after the creation of Israel in 1948, to avoid travel in the west bank and the Palestinians working in Israel did not move for 14 days.
The authorities had lifted the end of may the containment imposed in the west bank, put in place after the appearance of the first cases on 5 march.
In the Gaza strip, another palestinian territory, 72 patients, one of whom died, have been officially identified.
Israeli side, the government has also said “prepare for a second wave”. More than 20 800 people infected with the virus have been officially recorded in Israel, of which 307 died.
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