Gaza Loses Covid-19 Testing Lab

Israel destroyed the Covid-19 laboratory in Gaza and made the Gazans no longer able to carry out Covid-19 tests, so there is a potential for positive Covid-19 cases to increase.

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Illustration. The Aksi Cepat Tanggap's medical team in Gaza continues to provide health services amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Health services are carried out by visiting each patient's house. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Israel continues to intensify its attacks and does not provide a single peaceful day for the Palestinians. On Monday (5/17/2021), the Covid-19 laboratory in Gaza, namely Al-Rimal, could no longer function because the clinic had been destroyed by Israeli missiles.

Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf Qidra said to the media, "the Israeli strikes threaten to undermine the efforts of the health ministry in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic."

Apart from destroying the Covid-19 laboratory, the attack also left medical personnel there with several injuries. “This constitutes a new danger besides the bombings and killings,” said Ashraf was quoted on the Aljazeera page.

Ashraf added there was a shortage of disposables and medication inside Gaza and he urged international organizations to help Gaza’s population, especially in helping it meet its medical needs.

Before the Israeli aggression began, the authorities in Gaza could carry out Covid-19 tests with at least 1,600 people per day on average. However, let alone a thousand, even one test is difficult to carry out. The average positive test in Gaza is quite high, at 28 percent.

More than half of the Gazans have not been given the vaccine so far, so they are very vulnerable to contracting the Covid-19 virus amid the chaos that is currently happening. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 103,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Gaza, and 930 people have died from the virus that emerged at the end of 2019. []