Palestinian official warns Gaza hospital’s at 80% capacity due to virus surge

Following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, the Gaza Strip’s hospital capacity is now 80 percent full, a senior Palestinian Authority health official says in a statement.

“The coronavirus curve is still rising, and it zigzags from one day to the next. The number of positive coronavirus tests over the past week has reached between 30 and 40 percent,” says senior Gaza health official Fathi Abu Warda.

Abu Warda warns of “a stage where the hospitals will no longer be able to accept patients.”

There are currently 9,816 confirmed active coronavirus cases in the Gaza Strip, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Around 36% of tests came back positive in the past 24 hours, the ministry reports.

— Aaron Boxerman