Palestine records highest daily COVID-19 deaths, infections: official

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RAMALLAH, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Palestine on Thursday recorded the highest daily deaths and infections from the COVID-19, due to the fast spread of Delta variant in the Palestinian territories.

Mai al-Kaila, the Palestinian minister of health, told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah that Palestine recorded 11 fatalities and 2,886 new COVID-19 cases in the Palestinian territories in the last 24 hours.

"The number of infections and deaths is on the rise due to the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus, which is the most prevalent among the youths," she said, adding that "there is a noticeable increase in the occupancy of beds in the hospitals."

Al-Kaila warned that the rise of numbers of infections in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip also increased the occupancy of intensive care beds and ventilators, adding that "this means we are in a severe danger."

She called on the Palestinians to immediately receive the necessary vaccine and abide by all the precautionary measures, mainly social distancing and wearing face masks in all public places.

Al-Kaila said that six people died in the West Bank and five others in the Gaza Strip, leading to 3,967 the total number of people who died of the COVID-19 infections in the Palestinian territories since March last year.

She also said that 1,178 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the West Bank, 113 in East Jerusalem, and 1,595 in the Gaza Strip.

Asked about the rollout of vaccines, al-Kaila said that over 1,040,522 people had received their first jab of the vaccine in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, of whom 462,693 have been fully vaccinated. Enditem

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