Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon warned on Tuesday that the Palestinian hospitals within the jap aspect of the town are on the breaking point, and accused the Well being Ministry of ignoring their wants within the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to Well being Ministry Director Common Moshe Bar Siman Tov, Leon wrote: “I want to warn you concerning the intense scarcity of medical gear on the hospitals in East Jerusalem, significantly protecting gear and gear to conduct coronavirus testing. That is regardless of repeated guarantees on the a part of your [ministry].”
The well being care system in Jerusalem as a complete might collapse “in gentle of the shortcoming of the hospitals within the east of the town to maintain the concerted efforts by all hospitals throughout this era,” Leon warned.
Of the six Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem, solely two, Makassed and Saint Joseph Hospital, have established particular coronavirus models. Over the previous two weeks, Mayor Leon has met usually with the administrators of the hospitals to elaborate a coronavirus response. The Jerusalem metropolis corridor has estimated the price of assembly their wants at 9 million shekels ($2.5 million). Leon stated that the hospitals had appreciable monetary issues earlier than the coronavirus pandemic hit “and now need to make main and rapid expenditures to organize for treating coronavirus sufferers.”
Over the previous week, Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency medical service has offered coronavirus testing coaching to personnel in Jerusalem from its Palestinian counterpart, the Purple Crescent Society. The Purple Crescent performs the testing in Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem which can be on the opposite aspect of the Israeli safety barrier, equivalent to Kafr Aqab and Qalandiya. MDA doesn’t enter these neighborhoods.
Israel’s nationwide coronavirus command middle, which brings collectively officers from the Well being Ministry, the military, the Nationwide Safety Council and the Mossad intelligence service, can be involved in regards to the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The vacation, which begins within the final week of April, might deliver a few new outbreak of coronavirus instances in Israel and the territory of the Palestinian Authority within the West Financial institution, they warned.
That is partly due to the expected return to the West Bank of 35,000 Palestinian laborers who’ve been working in Israel for the vacation. “Their return might increase the speed of an infection, significantly in cities the place there may be concern over the widespread presence of the illness,” the Israeli command middle stated in a report. Essentially the most weak cities are Bethlehem and Hebron.
The report additionally warned in opposition to enjoyable coronavirus prevention restrictions throughout Ramadan for conventional vacation purchasing, prayer, household meals and nature hikes, and particularly for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the tip of the vacation. The command middle really helpful an expanded publicity marketing campaign on the significance of compliance and enforcement of restrictions and that preparations be made to distribute meals parcels to Arab communities.
With regard to the Jewish inhabitants, the middle’s suggestions included explicit effort to keep away from exposing the aged in the ultra-Orthodox community to carriers of the virus, particularly on Seder night time on Wednesday. Laws bar Israelis from having friends at their seders who don’t stay within the family regularly, together with kids who stay away from their mother and father’ house.
Throughout the whole period of the pandemic thus far, Jerusalem has had the most important quantity contaminated of any Israeli metropolis. As well as, in keeping with the information, the speed of an infection within the metropolis has elevated significantly because the outbreak started. In mid-March about 300 Jerusalem residents had been recognized per day. That jumped to 600 per day after which to about 1,000 a day. Over the previous a number of days, nonetheless, the speed has slowed and is now about 700 per day.
In line with official knowledge seen by Haaretz, 1,068 of the 1,442 of the Jerusalem residents who’ve examined constructive for the coronavirus as of Monday – that’s, 74 % – stay within the metropolis’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.
The cupboard and the Well being Ministry had thought of imposing a lockdown on a few of Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, the place an infection ranges have been significantly excessive, in addition to on different neighborhoods and cities. However as a consequence of strain from mayors across the nation and from the ultra-Orthodox events, it was in the end determined to impose a normal lockdown on the whole nation upfront of the Passover vacation.
Among the many consultations that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had on the difficulty was a dialog with Mayor Leon, who objected to imposing a lockdown on ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods alone. “There is no such thing as a level at this stage to a lockdown,” Leon instructed Haaretz on Monday. “The residents are obeying the directives and there’s no level in punishing everybody,” he claimed.
A proposal is predicted to be introduced to the Israeli cupboard Tuesday that may divide Jerusalem into seven zones that would solely be entered or left till Saturday night for important wants. In Jerusalem “each neighborhood is sort of a metropolis,” Leon stated.
In a breakdown by neighborhood, the very best charge of an infection, 7.24 per 1,000 residents, is within the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood, which can be house to quite a few households from america. As of Monday, 101 residents examined constructive within the neighborhood, following a 17 % enhance over a three-day interval.
The second highest incidence of the virus was present in Jerusalem’s northern ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of Sanhedria, Ma’alot Dafna, Givat Hamivtar and Ramat Eshkol, the place as of Monday, 416 instances had been recognized, representing 5.2 instances per 1,000 residents, and a rise of 42 % in three days.
These neighborhoods are adopted by Ramat Shlomo, with 5 contaminated residents per 1,000 and Givat Mordechai with four.eight. The ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods within the middle of the town – Mea She’arim, Beit Yisrael, Geula, Zichron Moshe and Mekor Barukh – had four.2 per 1,000.
The 2 final neighborhoods on the listing are Ramot and Neveh Ya’akov, every of which has a comparatively low charge of an infection, however even there, the variety of residents recognized has elevated sharply over the previous three days. In Ramot, for instance, the place there are 97 residents with the virus, that represents a 51.5 % enhance in latest days. In Neveh Ya’akov there are 46 contaminated residents, a virtually 60 % enhance in a three-day interval.
Noa Landau contributed to this report.