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World Two more Palestinian officials test positive for virus

13:41  23 october  2020
13:41  23 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Two more senior Palestinian officials have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as veteran chief negotiator Saeb Erekat fights for his life in an Israeli hospital, one of them told AFP. Palestine Liberation Organization central committee member Azzam al-Ahmad said he and social development

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Two more senior Palestinian officials have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as veteran chief negotiator Saeb Erekat fights for his life in an Israeli hospital, one of them told AFP.

Saeb Erekat wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Veteran Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat has been battling for his life in an Israeli hospital after suffering complications from Covid-19 resulting from previous lung transplant surgery © ABBAS MOMANI Veteran Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat has been battling for his life in an Israeli hospital after suffering complications from Covid-19 resulting from previous lung transplant surgery

Palestine Liberation Organization central committee member Azzam al-Ahmad said he and social development minister Ahmed Majdalani had both joined the growing list of Palestinian officials who have contracted the virus.

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Two more senior Palestinian officials have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as veteran chief negotiator Saeb Erekat fights for his life in an Israeli hospital, one of them told AFP. the virus . Others include high-profile PLO official Hanan Ashrawi and a Hamas leader in Gaza, Saleh al-Arouri.

Most testing companies have chosen the outrageously high sensitivity limit of 40 PCR cycles – meaning that the DNA in a sample is But using such a ridiculously sensitive test means that the faintest traces of a dead virus , or even leftovers from previous infections, can result in a positive .

Others include high-profile PLO official Hanan Ashrawi and a Hamas leader in Gaza, Saleh al-Arouri.

Erekat, who is also secretary general of the PLO, was admitted to the coronavirus intensive care unit of Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital on Sunday with severe respiratory problems, some of them pre-existing.

On admission, his doctors described his condition as "serious" but it deteriorated on Monday and he was put on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. Doctors say his condition is "critical".


Video: Senior PLO official Erekat taken to hospital after COVID-19 condition worsens (Reuters)

"Mr Erekat is a challenge to treat for coronavirus, since he had lung transplants, he is immunosuppressed, and has another bacterial infection in addition to coronavirus," the hospital said on Monday.

The 65-year-old, who underwent lung-transplant surgery in the United States in 2017, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on October 9, the PLO said.

In recent days, there have been small demonstrations outside the hospital by hardline Israeli Jews opposed to Erekat receiving treatment from Israeli doctors.

Erekat is among more than 44,000 people who have tested positive in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Of those, 406 have died.

In the densely populated but blockaded Gaza Strip, there have been 5,079 confirmed cases, of whom 29 have died.

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