GAZA CITY, Palestine

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in the Gaza Strip.

Two people tested positive for the virus after returning from Pakistan, health official Yusuf Abo al-Reish told a press conference in Gaza City early Sunday.

He said the two patients have been quarantined after crossing the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt on Thursday.

Home to around 2 million people, the Gaza Strip has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007.

Palestinian authorities have already reported 53 coronavirus cases in the occupied West Bank, including 17 recoveries.

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