COVID-19 crisis

The global COVID-19 crisis hit the occupied Palestinian territory in early March 2020, when the first cases of people having the virus were confirmed. This triggered the declaration of a state of emergency by the Palestinian Prime Minister and the imposition of restrictions to contain the spread. The humanitarian community is supporting the authorities in managing the crisis.

What is the situation?

46,614
Confirmed with COVID-19
33,602
recovered
41
in critical condition
314
deaths
44,169
in the West Bank, of which 10,034 in East Jerusalem
2,445
in Gaza
385,172
tested
35,773
in home quarantine
Figures above are provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The number of Palestinians from East Jerusalem with COVID-19 is included based on local sources.

How does the humanitarian community support?

The humanitarian community quickly prepared a detailed plan, which was launched on 27 March 2020, updated on 25 April, and expanded with an updated financial requirement in August 2020, and is acting upon it. Humanitarian organizations and funds have re-allocated and raised donations required for successful implementation and are constantly updating the necessary interventions based on developments. OCHA is issuing a situation report, mapping what people need, what support has been given and what needs to be resolved.

125
Partners
1930
Activities
6
Clusters
Activities by Cluster
Protection
809
Health
591
Education
302
WASH
  96
Food Security
  83
Shelter and Non-Food Items
  49

How well is the humanitarian plan funded?

72.4M
Response Plan requirements
31.2M
Through the Response Plan (43.1%)
18.5M
Outside the Response Plan
Health
31.3M
11.6M 10.1M
Food Security
18M
9.2M 1.8M
WASH
  9.5M
    5.9M 1.6M
Education
  7.1M
    817K 1.9M
Shelter & Non-Food Items
  4.1M
    1.8M 2.8M
Protection
  2.4M
    1.9M 305.4K
  • Response Plan Requirements
  • Through Response Plan
  • Outside Response Plan
  • (Sums in US$)

What has OCHA published on COVID-19 in the occupied Palestinian territory?

28 August 2020 |

The financial requirements of the COVID-19 Response Plan in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) have been updated to support the response through the end of 2020, requesting an additional US$30 million and bringing the overall requirement for the Plan to US$72 million.

22 September 2020 |

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the oPt rose by 14 per cent and 99 more people died.1,200 more cases of community transmission and another 11 fatalities reported in Gaza. In Israel, the authorities have imposed a three-week general lockdown, which also includes annexed East Jerusalem. The Inter-Agency Response Plan for the oPt is 46 per cent funded.

10 September 2020 |

Statement by Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick: The period from March to August 2020 saw the demolition or confiscation of 389 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank, on average, 65 per month, the highest average destruction rate in four years.

8 September 2020 |
Photo by World Health Organization

The number of active COVID-19 cases rose by over 33 per cent and exceeds 11,000; 57 more people died. 1,100 more cases of community transmission, and another six fatalities, reported in Gaza. The lockdown in Gaza is slightly eased and a night-time curfew is expected in many East Jerusalem neighbourhoods. The Inter-Agency Response Plan for the oPt is 45 per cent funded.

28 August 2020 |
Photo by World Health Organization

The overall number of COVID-19 cases rose by forty per cent and 45 more people died. First cases of community transmission reported in Gaza, leading to two fatalities. Complete lockdown in Gaza, amidst intensified hostilities and a significant decline in power supply.

12 August 2020 |
Photo by the World Health Organization

The overall number of COVID-19 cases rises by almost forty per cent and 32 more people die. The number of active cases remains stable at around 8,000. The Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt re-opened for the first time since mid-May.

28 July 2020 |
Photo: World Health Organization

The number of active cases with COVID-19 in the West Bank increased by over 20 per cent, and 34 more people have died. The number of recovered cases surges by almost 400 per cent. First new cases of COVID-19 reported in Gaza in over a month.

14 July 2020 |

The number of people with COVID-19 in the West Bank continues to surge, with the epicenter Hebron accounting for over 70 per cent of all active cases. 30 more people died in the West Bank which has been placed under a complete lockdown. No new cases of COVID-19 reported in Gaza, which now records only eight active cases.