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Gaza Strip records over 50,000 coronavirus infections

Palestinian health workers collect random swab samples from people to test for COVID-19 in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on January 11, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Ashraf Shannon
Press TV, Gaza

The Gaza Strip has recorded more than 50,000 COVID-19 infections and over 500 deaths, mostly since late August 2020.

The unsteady supply of medical equipment and testing kits for COVID-19 has compounded the struggle of health workers in Gaza, undermining their efforts to contain and track the spread of the coronavirus.

Underequipped hospitals in the blockaded Gaza Strip are already overwhelmed by the increasing number of coronavirus patients. Rights groups warn that Gaza is facing a catastrophic situation.

The coronavirus has complicated the already dire humanitarian situation in the blockaded Gaza Strip and people fear the worst because of the high population density.

Despite the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in Gaza, the Israeli regime still refuses to allow coronavirus vaccines into the Gaza Strip. This comes while Israel claims it has vaccinated close to 30 percent of its population.

As coronavirus infections continue to rise, experts are calling for the complete lifting of the Israeli blockade to help fight the spread of the deadly pandemic.

Gaza’s health system has been battered by the Israeli blockade and multiple wars since 2007 under the international community’s watch.

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