Medical staff performing Islamic funeral prayers prior to the burial of COVID-19 victims. Photo via social media
A Palestinian expatriate living in Saudi Arabia died on Monday after contracting coronavirus disease, raising the total number of deaths among the Palestinian community in that country to 58 and worldwide to 201.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates identified the Palestinian victim as 66-year-old Ziad Husni Shurafa.
The Ministry said four new coronavirus infections were confirmed yesterday among diaspora Palestinians, three of them in the United States, where the overall number of infections has reached 2,217 while deaths stand at 69.
The fourth case was confirmed in Morocco, where an employee at the Palestinian embassy contracted the virus, in the first such case reported among the Palestinian community in the North African country.
The overall number of coronavirus cases among Palestinians in the diaspora has reached 3,971. 1,652 Palestinians have recovered worldwide.
The Ministry also said that a new batch of 218 Palestinians who were stuck in the US due to airports closure has arrived at Queen Alia Airport in Jordan yesterday and were immediately transported via the Jordan River bridge crossing to their homes in the West Bank.