Coronavirus cases reach 52 in Palestine, 17 recovered

Palestinian Minister of Health Mai Kaileh confirmed four new cases of coronavirus in the Palestinian territories, bringing the total to 52.

Kaileh told Palestinian news agency WAFA that three of the new cases were for Palestinians students from Ramallah who returned home from the United Kingdom and the fourth a physician from Hebron who contracted the disease while working at the Israeli Hadassah Ein Karem hospital.

Most of the cases are in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem and its area towns, including the 17 recoveries. The other six were in Ramallah, along with the three new cases, two in Tulkarm, two in Nablus, one in Salfit and one in Hebron.

A Palestinian groom, wearing a mask as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease, leaves with his bride her family house, on their wedding day in Beit Jala in the Israeli-occupied West Bank
A Palestinian groom leaves with his bride her family house in Beit Jala in the Occupied West Bank [Mustafa Ganeyeh/Reuters]

“I congratulate the patients, their families and the general public for the recovery of the 17 citizens,” Kaileh added.

“This is the beginning of victory over the coronavirus,” Kaileh said. “We are still at the beginning of the road. We have workers returning from Israel who need to be examined.”She said the Palestinians have 120 ventilators and are hoping to increase the number to 250.

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