Health workers bring for burial the body of a woman, who has died after contracting the coronavirus, in a cemetery in Gaza Strip on Saturday. Reuters
A woman has died in Gaza Strip after contracting coronavirus, the Palestinian enclave's first known fatality from the global pandemic, the health ministry said on Saturday.
Blockaded and short on medical facilities, Gaza, run by the Hamas group, has reported only 55 coronavirus infection cases among its population of two million.
Meanwhile, in the Israeli occupied West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule, there have been two deaths and 423 cases.
The Gaza health ministry described the fatality as a 77-year-old woman who had entered via the Egyptian border on May 19 and had been kept in quarantine since. She suffered from a prior chronic illness, the ministry said.
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