Coronavirus: Gaza faces worst-case scenario

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

The coastal enclave is considered one of the worst-prepared places to deal with a severe outbreak of the coronavirus. UN agencies and human rights lawyers are calling for life-saving assistance before it’s too late. Where is the last place you would want to be in the event of an outbreak? Some would say Gaza. The coastal enclave on the eastern Mediterranean is considered one of the most densely-populated areas and UN officials have described its health care system as a crisis waiting to happen. Although public health authorities in the Gaza Strip have yet to announce a case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), observers believe it’s only a matter of time as the pandemic sweeps across the globe.