The Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb erekat, this in a “critical” status After contracting the coronavirus, the Jerusalem hospital where he is being treated said Monday.
Erakat, 65, one of the best known Palestinian leaders abroad, suffers pulmonary fibrosis and in 2017 he underwent a lung transplant at an American hospital. On October 9, the OLP reported that he was sick with covid-19.
“Erakat had a quiet night, but this morning his condition got worse and right now it’s critical, “Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital said in a statement.” Due to his difficulties, he was put on a ventilator and sedated, “the statement added.
Erakat’s medical record “is challenging” due to his chronic lung problems, according to the hospital. Erakat was admitted to the intensive care unit of this Israeli hospital on Sunday at the request of the Palestinian authorities. “He arrived in serious condition, he needed respiratory assistance and a lot of oxygen,” the medical center said.
42,490 cases in the West Bank
Erakat lives in the Palestinian city of Jericho, in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967. He is a close associate of the president Mahmud Abas | and has been head of negotiations with Israel, which are currently in neutral.
In the West Bank, there have been 42,490 cases of coronavirus and 381 deaths, in a total population of 2.8 million Palestinians. In the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave governed by the Islamist Hamas movement and subjected to a severe Israeli blockade, there are about 4,650 cases and 27 deaths, out of a total population of two million people.