Warnings of Omicron variant’s spread in Gaza

Gaza opens hospital ward to tackle covid spread (Mohammed Asad - MEMO)

Middle East Monitor  /  January 10, 2022

Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza Strip yesterday warned of the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the besieged enclave amidst a shortage of needed medical equipment, Safa news agency reported.

Some 291 people have been infected by the disease in the occupied territories.

Director of Preventive Medicine, Magdi Duhair, said that the patients who caught Omicron are from Gaza, none had returned to the Strip after travelling. “This means that there are many undiscovered cases,” he said.

He said that the Ministry of Health is exerting much effort to identify the source of the infection to control the spread of the disease.

Duhair pointed out that the laboratory tools needed to test and discover the Omicron variant are available, “but there would be a crisis if the virus spread suddenly and Israel did not allow the amount of kits urgently needed in Gaza.”