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PA intensive care units operating at 99% capacity due to coronavirus

A Palestinian medical team transports the body of person who died of the COVID-19 disease from the military hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus, on July 9, 2020. (JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)
A Palestinian medical team transports the body of person who died of the COVID-19 disease from the military hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus, on July 9, 2020. (JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)

Palestinian Authority intensive care units in the West Bank are operating at 99 percent capacity, the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry says in a statement.

Active coronavirus infections in the West Bank have nearly doubled over the past two weeks, from 9,632 to 17,989 active cases. Health officials blame the rapidly spreading British variant of the coronavirus.

“About 150 patients are in intensive care, while large numbers of patients suffer from very severe symptoms and in need of rapid medical intervention. Most of them are young,” Dr. Anan Rashid, a PA health official, tells Voice of Palestine Radio.

Hospitals in some Palestinian areas are operating at full capacity, senior Palestinian health official Naji Nazzal tells Palestinian media.

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