Hospitals in West Bank at capacity due to Covid-19 cases

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A member of Palestinian medical team is seen at an emergency center for monitoring, screening and preventive health care education about COVID-19, which was recently established by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, in the West Bank city of Nablus, March 9, 2020. Palestine on Monday reported six new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of the infected Palestinians to 25. (Photo by Ayman Nobani/Xinhua)
A member of Palestinian medical team is seen at an emergency center for monitoring, screening and preventive health care education about COVID-19, which was recently established by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, in the West Bank city of Nablus, March 9, 2020. Palestine on Monday reported six new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of the infected Palestinians to 25. (Photo by Ayman Nobani/Xinhua)

dpa/GNA – Hospitals in the West Bank are completely full due to a recent spike in new coronavirus infections, the Palestinian Authority said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said during a Cabinet meeting that hospitals were at 100-per-cent capacity, with intensive care units completely overburdened.

Shtayyeh announced that further coronavirus wards would be set up.

The number of new infections has been rising in the territory with 1,693 new cases reported on Tuesday, according to the Health Ministry in Ramallah.

There were 155 Covid-19 patients in intensive care, among them 39 people on ventilators.

The Health Ministry said the spike in cases was due to the spread of the coronavirus variant first identified in Britain.

Around 4 million people live in the West Bank, of which only very few have been vaccinated against the virus to date.

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