A 77-year-old woman became the first fatality of the coronavirus pandemic in the Gaza Strip on Saturday

A 77-year-old woman became the first fatality of the pandemic of coronavirus in the Gaza Strip, reported the ministry of Health from the Palestinian enclave.

The woman, called Fadila Abu Reida and who suffered from multiple chronic diseases, had returned from Egypt last week, and died in the quarantine center set up at the border crossing in Rafah.

In recent days, the band registered a significant increase in those infected with the virus, which went from 20 to 55 in less than a week, after several weeks in which the number of infected people practically did not change, according to the official count.

So far, a total of 16 people have recovered, while the rest of those affected by the COVID-19All of them from abroad are distributed in 16 isolation centers in different parts of Gaza.

Eyad al Bozom, spokesman for the interior ministry of the strip, confirmed that after further tests, no cases have been detected in populated areas, and that the patients under treatment are stable.

Since the detection of the first case, in early March, the Islamist movement Hamas, which de facto controls the enclave, has taken strict precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus in Gaza, whose precarious health infrastructure and poor economy make it a particularly vulnerable focus in the event of a massive outbreak of the disease.

These, however, were relaxed during the month of Ramadan, which culminates tonight and during which all restaurants and cafes reopened to the public.

The authorities, who after identifying the new cases decided to close the Rafah border crossings (with Egypt) and Erez (with Israel), do not rule out yet imposing a curfew in case contagions are detected outside the quarantine centers.

With information from EFE