GAZA, Palestine 

The Gaza Strip is facing severe shortages of equipment for diagnosing the novel coronavirus, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Wednesday. 

The central laboratory in Gaza has halted testing after running out of coronavirus detection kits, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told reporters.

Noting that dozens of samples are still waiting to be examined, Qidra said 44% of medicines, 31% of medical consumables and 65% of laboratory supplies have also been depleted.

He said 1,018 patients have recovered and were discharged from hospitals.

Palestinians who return to Gaza City from abroad are being kept in quarantine for 21 days at

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