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Workers disinfect the Wavel camp for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley, April 22. Photo: -/AFP via Getty Images

A woman living in the only Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa region has tested positive for the coronavirus, AP reports, citing the United Nations.

Why it matters: She's the first person in a refugee camp in Lebanon, which hosts tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees, to contract the virus.

The big picture: Public health experts view a major coronavirus outbreak in a refugee camp as a worst-case scenario due to population density and stretched humanitarian supplies, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh reported last week.

Details: The Palestinian woman, who was displaced from Syria, has been taken to the Rafik Hariri Hospital in Beirut, AP reports. At least 3,000 other people currently live in the Wavel refugee camp.

  • 146 people in the camp were tested for the virus on Wednesday, Huda Samra, communications adviser for the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees, told AP. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • The agency is paying for all hospital and testing expenses, Samra said told AP.
  • Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan told reporters on Wednesday that refugee cases of the virus will be handled the same as cases contracted by Lebanese citizens, AP reports.

Background: Lebanon has reported 682 cases, 22 deaths and 130 recoveries from the coronavirus, per Johns Hopkins data.

Go deeper: Global coronavirus crisis leaves refugees vulnerable

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Coronavirus testing still can't keep up with demand

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Testing is once again becoming a critical weakness in the America's response to the coronavirus pandemic, and experts say we may need to revive tighter standards about who can get a test.

Why it matters: Although testing has gotten a lot better over the course of the pandemic, the pandemic has gotten worse, and that means the U.S. needs to prioritize its resources — which might mean that frequent testing solely to help open businesses or schools just isn't feasible.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines — Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: America's vaccination drive runs out of gas — Puerto Rico expands booster shot requirements.
  3. Politics: Joint Chiefs chair Gen. Mark Milley tests positive for COVID-19 — Vivek Murthy calls SCOTUS vaccine mandate block "a setback for public health."
  4. Economy: Report: World's 10 richest men doubled wealth during pandemicAmerica's labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic.
  5. States: America struggles to keep schools open — Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers.
  6. World: Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — French parliament passes COVID vaccine passport legislation.
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Health care industry tops list of most-favored amid coronavirus

Data: Harris Poll COVID19 Tracker Wave 20; Chart: Axios Visuals

Doctors, nurses and hospitals have experienced a greater increase in consumer trust and confidence than any other industry during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Axios/Harris poll.