PA continues to report surging infection rates in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry announces that the West Bank recorded 1,891 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours as PA areas continue to see surging infections.

With PA hospitals overflowing, Ramallah has ordered a return to total lockdown in some governorates.

Palestinian security forces stop vehicles as part of a lockdown and quarantine measures at an entrance to the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, March 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Around 28 percent of coronavirus tests taken in the West Bank have come back positive over the past two weeks, the PA said yesterday.

“The alarm has sounded in Palestine,” PA Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said in a statement last night carried by the official PA WAFA news agency. “The current epidemiological situation is very dangerous due to the wide spread of the disease in a manner unprecedented since the beginning of the pandemic.”