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Gaza running out of testing kits, says official; WHO says 5000 swaps will be sent to Gaza

Gaza running out of testing kits, says official; WHO says 5000 swaps will be sent to Gaza
Testing kits have run out in Gaza. (File photo)

GAZA, Monday, December 07, 2020 (WAFA) – As the Gaza Strip is running out of testing kits, the World Health Organization (WHO) is getting ready to send 5000 swaps to the besieged sea enclave, according to a Palestinian Health Ministry official.

Fathi Abu Warda, an advisor to the Minister of Health, told WAFA that WHO has promised to send 5000 swaps to Gaza after its testing kits have run out.

“We have been calling since yesterday on the World Health Organization to provide Gaza with swaps for testing of coronavirus, and it promised us today to resolve this problem in coordination with Health Minister Mai Alkaila," he said.

However, he added, the Health Ministry in Ramallah is also experiencing a shortage of testing kits.

Abu Warda said 5000 swaps were supposed to reach Gaza, but they did not, nor did they reach the ministry in Ramallah, expressing hope that the swaps will arrive in Gaza in the coming hours.

As a result of the shortage of swaps, the central laboratory in Gaza has stopped the coronavirus tests after doing 1245 tests yesterday and 405 people have tested positive.

Gaza has 25592 corona cases since the outbreak of the disease in Palestine in March and 149 deaths, while 350 patients needed medical care, including 147 serious cases.

T.R.

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