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Palestine records 2 deaths, 724 new COVID-19 cases: health officials

Global Times

Source: Xinhua Published: 2020/8/29 10:07:57

Palestine recorded two deaths and 724 new COVID-19 cases in the Palestinian territories in the last 24 hours, a senior Palestinian official announced on Friday.

"Since the outbreak of the disease in Palestine in March, the health ministry recorded 28,110 cases, including 160 deaths, 18,983 recoveries, and 8,967 under medical care," Palestinian Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila said in a statement sent to Xinhua.

The new cases were recorded in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in the last 24 hours, she said.

"This figure is the highest single-day rise since the outbreak of the disease in the Palestinian territories in March," said al-Kaila, adding that the two deaths are from East Jerusalem and Nablus in northern West Bank.

In Gaza, a committee that comprises national and Islamic factions called on the Gaza Strip's people to abide by the precautionary measures to avoid infection.

The committee called on the United Nations to speed up activating the emergency plan of food distribution and provide it to the Palestinian refugees, who live in eight densely populated refugee camps in the Gaza Strip.

In a press statement, it also said that it calls on the UN and the international community to exert pressure on Israel to end more than 13 years of a blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip since June 2007.

Meanwhile, a lockdown in all the Gaza Strip is still valid, where all educational, financial, and commercial establishments and stores remain closed.

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