Senior PLO official infected with COVID reportedly hospitalized in Israel

Senior PLO official Saeb Erekat, who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, is taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem after his condition deteriorated, Channel 12 news reports.

Erekat is brought to the Israeli hospital by Magen David Adom paramedics escorted by IDF soldiers, according to the network.

Erekat, 65, has long served as the chief Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with Israel. He is considered to be risk from the coronavirus after surviving both a mild heart attack in 2012 and a 2017 lung transplant after years of suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, a condition which scars the lungs and damages their ability to circulate oxygen.

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