Palestinian official Erekat in critical, stable condition

The family of senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat says he remains in critical but stable condition in an Israeli hospital after he was infected with the coronavirus

Erekat’s family told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that he was receiving artificial respiration in the intensive care unit at Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center.

Hadassah said late Tuesday that Erekat has been placed on an ECMO machine, which provides for the oxygenation of blood while preventing damage to the lungs caused by mechanical ventilation. It said he was “stable” with “excellent oxygenation.”

Erekat, 65, has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past several decades, serving as a senior negotiator in talks with Israel and making frequent media appearances. He was also a senior adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and current President Mahmoud Abbas.