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COVID-19 In Palestine

US advices unvaccinated to avoid travel to Israel, oPT as covid cases rise

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday raised its travel warning level for Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Anadolu news agency reported. The CDC said it was concerned about the rising number of coronavirus cases in Israel, the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza, raising its travel health …

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Little talked about Covid-19 ‘variants’ need to be addressed

Do you remember the UN Millennium Development Goals? If not, you are not alone. These ambitious goals included the eradication of “extreme poverty and hunger”, “combating lethal diseases” and “reducing child mortality worldwide”. They proved to be yet another empty gesture which, unsurprisingly, amounted to little on the ground where poverty, hunger, lethal diseases and child mortality are rampant. Even …

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Gaza raises level of preparedness for India covid variant

The Ministry of Health in Gaza has raised the level of preparedness in anticipation of the entry of new strains of coronavirus, including the Indian variant, the Deputy Director General of Primary Care in the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Dr. Majdi Duhair, said. Duhair expects the Indian variant of COVID-19 to reach Gaza Strip, since it has appeared in …

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Palestine confirms cases of Delta strain of coronavirus

Palestinian health authorities on Sunday confirmed the first two infections from the Delta coronavirus variant, reports Anadolu Agency. Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said in a statement that two girls in the West Bank cities of Qalqilya and Salfit who recently returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had tested positive for the new strain. She said people who came in …

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20 factories destroyed, 5,000 jobs lost due to Israel’s offensive on Gaza

Head of the General Federation of Trade Unions Sami Al-Amasi has confirmed that 20 factories were destroyed during the last offensive on Gaza, and 5,000 workers had lost their jobs. In a statement, Al-Amasi disclosed that the latest Israeli offensive inflicted a massive blow to the economic sector in the Gaza Strip. He noted that it aggravated the already weak …

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106 COVID-19 cases, two deaths in Palestine

Minister of Health Mai Alkaila said today that 106 new cases of COVID-19, two deaths and 282 recoveries were registered in Palestine during the past 24 hours. In her daily report on the coronavirus pandemic, Alkaila said one death from COVID-19 was reported in the Gaza Strip, and another one in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, 102 coronavirus …

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Israel transfers 1 million soon-to-expire Covid vaccine jabs to PA

The new Israeli government said it would transfer over a million Pfizer coronavirus vaccines to Palestine on condition of having the same number returned later this year, local media reported. The deal would see the Palestinian Authorithy (PA) providing Israel with doses when it receives its share from the pharmaceutical company in September or October. Up to 1.4 million doses …

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A new mental health crisis is raging in Gaza

“Have you ever seen a six-month old baby with exaggerated startle response?” One of my colleagues who works on our telephone counselling service was calling me for advice on how to respond to several distraught mothers asking her how to help their babies who had started showing such distressing symptoms of trauma during the recent bombing. Our telephone service was …

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Israel: Lawyers call on Shin Bet to halt text message threats targeting Palestinians

Palestinian lawyers have written to Nadav Argaman, the head of Shin Bet, to demand the Israeli intelligence agency stops sending threatening text messages to Palestinians it accuses of involvement in recent protests at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. In a letter also sent to Israel’s attorney general on Thursday, Adalah, the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, said the reported …

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Palestine: Noticeable decline in COVID-19 cases, deaths

COVID-19 cases and deaths in the occupied Palestinian territories have sharply declined in recent days, officials from the Ministry of Health in Gaza and the West Bank confirmed on Sunday. In the last 24 hours, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip recorded 664 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths, with 171 cases and four deaths in the West …

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