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Palestine nearing 5th wave of COVID

The Omicron Variant has infected 17 people

Palestinians from the Ministry of Health receive a shipment of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine doses sent by the United Arab Emirates, after the Egyptian authorities allowed entry to Gaza through the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 21, 2021. (Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Jerusalem24 – The Director General of the Palestinian Health Ministry in Jenin Dr. Wissam Sbeihat has said in an interview on Ma’an TV, “We are on the verge of a rise in the infection index with the Corona virus, especially with the new Omicron variant.”

Sbehat indicated that the Ministry of Health is looking at the epidemiological situation with great concern and caution by virtue of documenting infections in some governorates of the country with the new mutation.

He added that the new variant began to spread in more than 90 countries around the world, and a large proportion of these infections in Palestine were for returnees from abroad. In addition to those who socialized with them from friends and families.

With regards to the Omicron, Sbeihat said, “we are at the gates of the fifth wave, especially since some countries have officially announced their entry into this wave.”

He added, “scientists are still studying the new variant and until this moment there is no complete study or the extent of the effect of the vaccine. However, what has been scientifically proven is that you can protect yourself from this variant.”

Dr. Kamal Al Shakhra, spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health

In a statement released today, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Kamal Al-Shakhrah, announced that the number of people infected with the Omicron variant has risen to 17, all of them without severe symptoms.

In the statement, he said that the documented cases are for 9 citizens who came in from abroad and 8 people who have been in contact with them; all of whom are quarantined.

Al-Shakhra appealed to citizens to adhere to preventive measures and receive the vaccine. He also told people to who suspect they have symptoms to adher to home quarantine and conduct the necessary tests.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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