The Palestinian enclave of Gaza’s solely Covid-19 laboratory is not capable of perform testing because of an Israeli air strike Monday on the clinic housing it, native authorities stated.

Al-Rimal clinic, within the city of the identical title within the Gaza Strip, was partly destroyed, whereas the territory’s well being ministry and the workplace of Qatar’s Red Crescent have been additionally hit, officers stated.

Medical personnel on the ministry have been wounded, some critically, the Hamas-run enclave’s deputy well being minister Yousef Abu al-Rish informed reporters.

Ministry spokesman Ashraf Qidra stated the Israeli strikes “threaten to undermine the efforts of the health ministry in the face of the Covid pandemic”.

The raids “stopped screening tests… at the central laboratory”, he added.

Before the army escalation between Hamas and Israel per week in the past, authorities in Gaza examined a mean of some 1,600 folks per day.

The fee of constructive exams was among the many highest on the earth, at 28 p.c, and hospitals have been overwhelmed by sufferers.

The enclave of two million residents has to this point acquired 122,000 vaccine doses, greater than half of which haven’t been administered, in accordance with the World Health Organization.

WHO says 103,000 folks have examined constructive for coronavirus in Gaza, of whom over 930 have died.


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