Yumna Patel reports in Mondoweiss:
Palestine reached a terrifying milestone over the weekend: as of July 4th, all 350 artificial respirators available in the occupied Palestinian territories were officially occupied, both by COVID-19 patients, and patients with chronic illnesses, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Leaders are struggling to maintain control over the virus, as the number of cases soared past 5,000 cases.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, as of July 7th there were at least 5,092 cases of the virus in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Of the 5,092, only 668 patients were in recovery.
Of the overall total cases in Palestine, 4,575 are in the West Bank, 72 in the Gaza Strip, and 445 in occupied East Jerusalem. The daily rate of infection continues to rise, with more than 300 cases reported in the past 24 hours alone. Over the weekend, there were more than 500 cases reported in a single day.
The Hebron district, the largest in the West Bank, remains the epicenter of the outbreak with more than 70% of cases reported there. Yesterday, of the 306 new cases reported, 278 were in the Hebron district.