According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the first instance of the omicron COVID-19 strain has been discovered in the Gaza Strip.
Majdi Dahir, a ministry official, announced that the carrier is a Gaza native who contracted the infection while on the coastal area during a press conference. In other words, the variation, originally discovered in Hong Kong and southern Africa a month ago, was present in Gaza and was now spreading across the population.
The underdeveloped health care system in the enclave faces a new set of problems in light of this revelation. “Difficult days are yet ahead of us. Reporters may anticipate a rapid spread of the omicron variety,” Dahir stated.
189,837 COVID-19 infections and 1,691 fatalities have been recorded thus far in Gaza, which has a population of 2.2 million. Dahir said that around 40 percent of Gazans had previously had injections when asked about vaccination rates in Gaza.
On December 16, three instances of omicron variation were found among Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, and the number has since climbed to 23.
Meanwhile, the office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that his 14-year-old daughter had tested positive for COVID-19, prompting him to withdraw to his house for treatment.
After discovering that his daughter had tested positive for the omicron variation, Bennett left the weekly meeting of his Cabinet and hurried home.
According to the premier’s office, his daughter had received a COVID-19 vaccination.