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Hamas measures prevent the outbreak of coronavirus in Gaza: New York Times
Hamas measures prevent the outbreak of coronavirus in Gaza: New York Times
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Gaza, ALRAY - No cases of community transmission have been recorded in Gaza is attributed to the swift measures that Hamas under took in Gaza Strip, New York Times reported.

New York times published on 8 August a report reviewing the measures that Hamas followed to prevent the transmission of coronavirus in Gaza.

It said that fearing the potentially disastrous consequences of an outbreak in Gaza, Hamas authorities ordered all travelers returning to the territory by way of Israel and Egypt to enter quarantine facilities for three weeks. They could not leave quarantine until they had passed two virus tests.

It noted that the system seems to have succeeded, sparing Gaza’s health sector, already devastated by years of war and conflict, from additional strain. Medical officials detected all 78 known infections in the territory at quarantine facilities.

Gerald Rockenschaub, the head of the World Health Organization’s mission to the Palestinians warned that Gaza lacked the resources to deal with a widespread outbreak, noting that medical institutions carry only about 100 adult ventilators, most of which are already in use.

 The report pointed out that Hamas initially instituted other restrictions in Gaza. But it later lifted many of them, enabling residents to follow significant parts of their daily routines. They have been flocking to beaches, working out at gyms, eating at restaurants, praying at mosques and shopping in markets, among other activities.

The government in Gaza has worked to equip quarantine areas with a capacity for 2000 hosts, to provide all living, medical and logistical services throughout the treatment period, including communication services.   

By re-opening Rafah crossing in the last two days, Health ministry in Gaza has adopted more restricted measures in examining the arrivals, such as a rapid blood test for all the arrivals, which gives initial indications to identify the infected people and put them in isolation immediately.