Fri, 14 Aug 2020

RAMALLAH, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Palestine on Tuesday recorded five new COVID-19 deaths in the Palestinian territories, including a 12-day-old toddler, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

The ministry said in a press statement that, in addition to the toddler, a 54-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, two men aged 75 and 90, respectively, and a woman aged 75 from the southern West Bank district of Hebron died from the coronavirus on Tuesday.

The death toll from COVID-19 reached 47 since the outbreak of the epidemic in the Palestinian territories on March 5, said the statement.

It reported 293 new COVID-19 infections and 59 new recoveries in both the West Bank and East Jerusalem within the last 24 hours.

There are 6,372 cases are still receiving medical care, while 1,317 patients have recovered, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Osama al-Najjar, an official from the health ministry, accused Israel of having been banning the shipment of medical supplies to the Palestinian territories for five weeks.

"Israel bans the entrance of medical supplies in the Palestinian territories to increase the pressure on the Palestinian leadership to resume security cooperation between the two sides," said al-Najjar.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye called on the Palestinians on Tuesday to abide by all the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in Palestine.

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