Covid-19: Top Palestinian official Saeb Erekat taken to Israeli hospital

Top Palestinian official Saeb Erekat taken to Israeli hospital with Covid-19

Covid-19: Top Palestinian official Saeb Erekat taken to Israeli hospital Photo

In a statement on Sunday, the PLO said: "Following his contraction of Covid-19, and due to the chronic health problems he faces in the respiratory system, Dr Erekats condition now requires medical attention in a hospital. He is currently being transferred to a hospital in Tel Aviv."

The transfer comes as Israel eases a nationwide lockdown that has been in place for a month, after seeing a significant decline in the number of new Covid cases.

People in Israel are now permitted to go more than 1km (0.6 miles) from their homes for non-essential purposes, nurseries are reopening, and restaurants are able to serve takeaway food.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet that the measures had been a "success" - but that the countrys exit from the lockdown needed to be "gradual, responsible, careful and controlled" to avoid an additional lockdown.

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