Gaza enters second coronavirus wave, with 25% of tests coming back positive

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A medical worker of UNRWA gives a shot of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine at UNRWA’s clinic in the Rafah, in the southern Gaza, on March 3, 2021. (photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90)
For weeks, the coastal enclave enjoyed a lull, even as as a surge in infections shook the West Bank. But with thousands of new cases, a new wave is officially here

By Aaron Boxerman | The Times of Israel | Mar 29, 2021

“We’re in a new wave. The virus curve is rising by the day. We expect the rate of positive tests to also continue to rise,”
— Dr. Aed Yaghi, Gaza branch of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society

With cases spiking, the Gaza Strip has entered a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, health officials in the coastal enclave told The Times of Israel on Monday.

Gaza saw 891 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the Gaza Health Ministry reported on Monday. The total number of active infections nearly tripled over the past two weeks, from 2,291 to 6,619.

The daily rate of positive tests in Gaza has skyrocketed to 25 percent over the past 24 hours, according to Hamas health officials. The high positivity rate indicates that the virus is likely spreading widely undetected.

“We’re in a new wave. The virus curve is rising by the day. We expect the rate of positive tests to also continue to rise,” said Dr. Aed Yaghi, who directs the Gaza branch of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, a nonprofit that provides health services throughout the coastal enclave.

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