Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat is in a critical condition with Covid-19 and has been placed on a ventilator, the Israeli hospital treating him says.

On Sunday, Mr. Saeb Erekat was rushed to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem from his home in Jericho, in the occupied West Bank.

His condition was described as serious but stable, and he was given oxygen.

The hospital said treating Mr Erekat was a huge challenge because he had undergone a lung transplant three years ago and had a weakened immune system and bacterial infection, in addition to coronavirus.