As part of the studies that the Arab American University laboratories do under collaboration with the Ministry of Health that ensured the existence of 17 new cases of the new COVID strain that recently appeared in Britain, AAUP laboratories studied new samples that were received from the Ministry of Health and discovered 11 more new cases of the new COVID strain.
Mr. Osama Najjar- the Allied Medical Services General Manager in the Ministry of Health stated that the cases are distributed as the following: 5 cases in Deir Jarir, 2 cases in Taybeh, 2 cases in Al Ram and 2 cases in Bethlehem. The total number of cases in Palestine of the new COVID strain that appeared recently in the UK is 28 cases until this moment.
Dr. Nowar Qotob stated that after studying the available samples in AAUP laboratories_ either the samples took directly from patients or the samples they received from the ministry_ fortunately, the new strain that appeared in South Africa did not appear in Palestine until now. She added that the collaboration with the Ministry of Health will continue in order to draw the pandemic map for COVID in Palestine.