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West Bank Hospitals Over Capacity

March 22, 2021
Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza

The World Health Organization reported in early March that West Bank hospitals are at capacity and unable to admit even very sick patients.
With a Palestinian population in Gaza and the West Bank of about 5 million, the total number of confirmed cases of Covid since March of last year is over 240,000, with deaths from Covid at over 2500.
The Covid infection rate per capita is twice that of Canada, for example, and the death rate per number of cases is more than twice the figure for Canada
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Despite stringent lock-down measures, the Covid infection rate continues to rise.
Palestinian Authority health officials have begun administering vaccine made available through the World Health Organization (WHO). They have sourced enough vaccine for approximately 20% of the population (
Israel refuses to offer vaccine to the general Palestinian population.
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