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Gaza reports first COVID-19 cases outside quarantine facilities

Gaza reports first COVID-19 cases outside quarantine facilities
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Gaza reported on Monday its first cases of COVID-19 outside quarantine facilities, as authorities confirmed four infections in Al Mghazi refugee camp, declared full lockdown for 48 hours.

The cases were from a single family in central Gaza, a government spokesman said, amid concern over the territory’s potentially disastrous combination of poverty, densely populated refugee camps and limited hospital capacity. 

“A full curfew will be imposed starting tonight and in all of the Gaza Strip,” said Salama Marouf, chairman of the government’s media office.

 

Gaza’s health ministry said the cases were uncovered after a woman traveled to Israel, where she tested positive for the coronavirus.

A health ministry spokesman urged everyone who might have visited that woman’s family supermarket in central Gaza to quarantine themselves and report to medics immediately. 

Until Monday, the 360 square-kilometre coastal strip, home to 2 million Palestinians, had reported no infections outside quarantine centres. 

Arrivals had to spend 21 days in the centres on orders from the Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, which has been controlling Gaza after winning general elections in 2006. 

The 40-km-long area is flanked by Israel to the north and east and Egypt to the south. Both countries have imposed a strict siege in the coastal enclave because they opposed Hamas rule.

Hours after the announcement about the covid-19 cases in Gaza, Israeli occupation army bounded the enclave with heavy bombardment. Thanks Go, no casualties were reported.

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