Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat gestures as he speaks to the media in Ramallah. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman/File Photo

Long-time chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was in “critical” situation and in a medically induced coma on Monday, mentioned the Israeli hospital in Jerusalem treating him for coronavirus issues.

The Palestine Liberation Organization mentioned on Sunday that Erekat had been admitted to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital’s coronavirus intensive care unit as a consequence of “chronic health problems in the respiratory system”.

The 65-year-old had examined constructive for Covid-19 on October 9, the PLO mentioned.

Erekat had “arrived in serious condition” and was receiving oxygen, the hospital mentioned on Sunday, including that his situation was “serious” however “stable”.

On Monday morning, Hadassah mentioned that after a “quiet night,” his situation “deteriorated and is now defined critical and due to respiratory distress, he is anaesthetised and ventilated.”

Erekat, who lives within the biblical city of Jericho within the Israeli-occupied West Bank, underwent lung-transplant surgical procedure within the United States in 2017.

“Mr Erekat is a challenge to treat for coronavirus since he had lung transplants, he is immunosuppressed, and has another bacterial infection in addition to coronavirus,” Hadassah mentioned on Monday.

Hadassah mentioned it was “in contact with international medical authorities regarding the treatment policy of this complex patient”.

The Jerusalem-born Erekat serves because the PLO’s secretary-general and in stays Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s internal circle.

He has been a key determine in Palestinian politics for many years, usually serving as a primary interlocutor for overseas envoys and the worldwide media.

He has persistently voiced help for a two-state answer to the Israeli-Palestinian battle.

There have been 42,490 confirmed circumstances of the novel coronavirus within the West Bank, together with 381 deaths.


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