The Hamas-controlled Government Information Center in the Gaza Strip announced on Thursday that 35 new cases of coronavirus cases have been discovered among Palestinians who recently returned to the coastal enclave through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.Ynet reported Thursday there were 55 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Gaza. Some 16 patients have recovered from the deadly disease in the strip. In late April, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the Gaza Strip only had 93 ventilators. According to Reuters, the ICRC donated medical equipment to Gaza in order to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the strip.
Yousef Abu Al-Rish, a senior official with the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health, said authorities were studying the possibility of imposing a curfew on the Gaza Strip as part of precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya confirmed that his movement was considering imposing a curfew in wake of the discovery of the new coronavirus cases. He said that Hamas has decided to close all border crossings to individuals until the end of June.