Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat tests positive for the coronavirus


(JTA) — Chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Palestine Liberation Organization made the announcement Thursday on Erekat’s Twitter feed.

Erekat has quarantined at his home in Jericho, Al Jazeera reported. He met days ago with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the PLO executive committee, all of whom have since tested negative for the virus.

Erekat is considered at high risk for complications from the coronavirus since he had a heart attack in 2012 and a lung transplant due to pulmonary fibrosis in 2017. He is 65 years old.

Erekat has led the Palestinians in negotiations with Israel for the last 25 years. He is the secretary general of the PLO.

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