Palestinian health authorities confirmed 79 new infections from the coronavirus pandemic in the blockaded Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
In a statement, the Gaza’s Health Ministry said the enclave’s tally rose to 2006 confirmed cases, including 15 deaths and 303 recoveries.
“The number of active cases in Gaza rose to 2006 ,” the ministry said, calling on residents to abide by health protocols to help stem the virus’ spread in the strip.
The Gaza Strip is home to two million Palestinians in cities, towns and refugee camps squeezed within an area of 360 square km (139 square miles), with its borders sealed off by neighbouring Israel and Egypt.
Authorities have imposed a full or partial curfew across the Gaza Strip since 24 August, following the diagnosis of the first case of COVID-19 in the community.
It is worth noting that the Gaza Strip has been under a strict Israeli blockade for over 14 consecutive years, however, under pressure from the Palestinian resistance, Israel agreed to allow the entry of medical equipment necessarily needed for testing and treating COVID-19 patients.