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World Coronavirus 'out of control' in Gaza: hospital official

20:45  23 november  2020
20:45  23 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

Gazans take coastal walks to escape 'double confinement'

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There were 188,747 coronavirus swabs carried out in the past day, the ministry said, against a previous 237,225. The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 stood at 34,279 on Sunday, a rise of 216 from the day before, Reuters reported, compared with a daily increase of 106 on Saturday.

A sharp rise in coronavirus infections in the Gaza Strip could overwhelm the Palestinian enclave’s meagre The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday it recommended that all Macron set to announce path out of lockdown, as Japan and South Korea react to rise in cases.

The mounting number of coronavirus infections in densely-populated Gaza is spinning out of control, Palestinian health officials warned Monday.

a little girl wearing a hat: A Palestinian kindergarten pupil in the Gaza Strip class wearing a face shield © MOHAMMED ABED A Palestinian kindergarten pupil in the Gaza Strip class wearing a face shield

"The virus is spreading and the situation is getting out of control," Dr. Ahmad al-Jadba, an official at Shifa hospital in Gaza City, told AFP.

The health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory of two million inhabitants declared a record 24-hour high of 890 new cases between Friday and Saturday.

The cumulative number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic stood Monday at 15,450, including 70 deaths.

Gaza: Life ‘extraordinarily difficult’ for people with disability

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On April 24, the U.S. recorded its worst day of coronavirus infections yet. Two months later, as most of the developed nations in Europe and Asia are reporting significant declines in case numbers, that record was broken, as the pandemic continues to rage out of control in the U.S., straining hospital

of coronavirus infections, a government official said on Monday, with New Delhi facing a shortage of hospital beds and doctors as the epidemic leave for four days, unless they signed an agreement to quarantine themselves at home for two weeks, she said, declining to be named out of fear of retaliation.

"The number of intensive care beds is very limited, as are medicines," said Mahmud Al-Khazindar, director of a private hospital in Gaza.

"If the number of cases increases, a choice will have to be made between the care of the elderly, the young and patients with another disease," he warned.

Bassem Naim, a senior Hamas official, said the health ministry "expects the worst if the epidemiological situation remains the same".

Naim, a former health minister, cited "a health system at the end of its rope", "severe drug shortages" and "extreme overcrowding".

Even before the first two confirmed Gaza cases announced on March 22 United Nations agencies working in the Palestinian territories warned of the potentially devastating effects of an outbreak.

Gaza health system 'days from being overwhelmed'

  Gaza health system 'days from being overwhelmed' The Palestinian enclave is running out of ventilators as Covid-19 cases soar, experts warn.Of Gaza's 100 ventilators, 79 are already taken up by Covid-19 patients, said Abdelraouf Elmanama, of the enclave's pandemic task force.

It added that hospitals in the main city, Dar es Salaam, were "overwhelmed" and that the chance of contracting the virus was "extremely high". Tanzania's president has accused health officials of exaggerating the crisis. John Magufuli has repeatedly urged people to attend services in churches and

Hospital officials also said that other social work staffers were "embarrassed" at the two unnamed social workers' claims because they inaccurately characterized Francois said that the hospital had begun preparing months ago for the possibility of coronavirus spreading to the United States, and

Much of Gaza's population lives in overcrowded refugee camps, with large families common and the narrow coastal strip has been under an Israeli blockade for more than a decade.

The coastal strip has only two entry and exit points, the Erez crossing to Israel and the Rafah crossing to Egypt.

As the virus began to spread globally, both crossings were almost completely closed, and Hamas imposed strict quarantine measures for the small numbers of people allowed in and out.

It has no air or sea ports.

The flow of people through Erez has long been tightly controlled by Israel, which has fought three wars with Hamas since 2008 and says its crippling blockade is necessary to contain the hostile Islamist group.

Numbers started climbing in August and Hamas imposed nightly curfews and a mandatory 5 pm closing time for businesses.

The separate territory of the West Bank, governed by president Mahmud Abbas's government but occupied by Israel, announced Monday a fresh 14-day curfew from the end of the week.

Citing a "worrying spread" in Covid-19, prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said starting Friday only bakeries, pharmacies and supermarkets will be open at the weekend and there would be a nighttime curfew.

According to Monday data, the West Bank, with a population of 2.8 million, has so far confirmed more than 57,740 cases of infection, including more than 570 deaths.

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Palestinian girls compete in a rare Gaza boxing contest .
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