Palestinians confirm record number of coronavirus cases

Palestinians see record coronavirus cases in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for the third time in the past week, with the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry reporting 2,516 new cases in the past 24 hours.

There are currently 23,678 cases among Palestinians — 10,321 cases in Gaza and 13,357 in the West Bank, according to PA Health Ministry figures.

Palestinian Authority Interior Ministry official Ghassan Nimr warns in an interview with Voice of Palestine Radio that the PA could return to a full lockdown if the number of new infections doesn’t decline.

Another 827 cases are recorded in Gaza, where officials have warned that the health system is close to collapse. Around 93% of hospital beds with ventilators for coronavirus patients in critical condition were occupied as of this morning, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry reports.

— Aaron Boxerman

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