Gaza healthcare system could collapse 'within a week' as coronavirus cases surge

A surge in coronavirus infections in the Gaza Strip could cause the coastal enclave’s feeble healthcare system to collapse, public health advisers warned on Sunday, amid the latest round of fire between Israel and Hamas.”In 10 days the health system will become unable to absorb such a hike in cases and there might be cases that will not find a place at intensive care units,” Abdelraouf Elmanama, a member of Gaza’s pandemic task force, told Reuters.So far, 79 out of 100 ventilators for Covid-19 patients are in use, Elmanama said. He predicted a likely rise in Gaza’s mortality rate of 0.05 perce…

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