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COVID-19 In Palestine

Poverty, COVID-19 add to plight of Palestinian children

Wandering across the streets of Gaza City, 12-year-old Ahmed tries to convince passers-by to buy the masks he sells as a way of making ends meet. His boss expects him back before sunset or else young Ahmed risks being beaten, Anadolu reports. Ahmed is just one of the hundreds of Palestinian children engaged in different forms of labor in the …

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Palestine confirms 24 new deaths due to coronavirus

Palestinian health authorities registered 24 new fatalities and 1,651 infections today from the coronavirus pandemic, Anadolu Agency reports. Health Minister Mai Al-Kaila said 16 deaths and 698 cases were recorded in the West Bank while 953 cases and eight fatalities were registered in the Gaza Strip. According to the minister, 200 of those infected are in intensive care units, while …

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Palestinians get Chinese-donated COVID-19 vaccines

Palestinians on Monday received 100,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine donated by China to help broaden an initial campaign to vaccinate medical staff, the elderly and the chronically ill. Palestinian health authorities have been mounting a limited vaccination drive among the 5.2 million people living in the Israel-occupied West Bank and Gaza, using vaccines provided by Israel, Russia, the United …

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Palestine records 23 new deaths due to coronavirus

Palestinian health authorities on Saturday registered 23 new fatalities and 1,319 infections from the coronavirus pandemic, Anadolu Agency reports. Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said 20 deaths and 714 cases were recorded in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, while 605 cases and three fatalities were recorded in the Gaza Strip. According to the minister, 197 of those infected are intensive …

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Palestine records 2,309 Covid-19 cases, 22 deaths

Palestine today recorded 2,309 new Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths, according to Health Minister Mai Al-Kaileh. She announced that 2,309 Palestinians tested positive for the highly contagious virus and 22 others died of it in the occupied territories. Among the new 2,309 cases, 2,153 cases were recorded in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and 156 others in the besieged …

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50.2% of Covid-19 cases in Palestine are females

The rate of Covid-19 among females in Palestine is now 50.2 per cent of the total number of infections, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) has revealed. Of the 1,525 people who have died as a result of the virus, 41.4 per cent were females. The figures were released yesterday on the eve of International Women’s Day. According to …

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Israel to vaccinate Palestinians aged over 16 with its surplus doses, report says

Israel plans to vaccinate Palestinians aged 16 and over once using surplus doses after it completes its campaign to inoculate its own citizen. Israel’s Health Ministry has said this would help prevent cross-border infection, including new mutations. This comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial plan to ship surplus coronavirus vaccines to a group of allied nations was frozen …

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PA criticised for diverting vaccines meant for medical workers to VIPs

The Palestinian Authority has confirmed that it diverted some Covid-19 vaccine doses intended for front-line medical workers to VIPs instead, including the national football team and government ministers. The PA has said repeatedly that its first vaccines would go to medical workers and elderly patients, who are at the greatest risk of severe illness or death. However, a PA health …

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