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?

3,417
Confirmed with COVID-19
634
recovered
11
in critical condition
11
deaths
3,243
in the West Bank, of which 337 in East Jerusalem
72
in Gaza
105,919
tested
19,255
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, launched on 27 March 2020 and updated on 25 April, 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.

116
Partners
1353
Activities
6
Clusters
Activities by Cluster
Health
566
Protection
402
Education
215
Food Security
  69
WASH
  61
Shelter and Non-Food Items
  40

How well is the humanitarian plan funded?

42.4M
Response Plan requirements
26.6M
Through the Response Plan (62.7%)
18.1M
Outside the Response Plan
Health
19.1M
11.2M 10.1M
Food Security
11.8M
6.4M 1.7M
WASH
  6.1M
5.7M 1.6M
Shelter & Non-Food Items
  3.3M
    1.5M 2.7M
Education
  1.2M
    806K 1.8M
Protection
  951K
    984K 252.9K
  • Response Plan Requirements
  • Through Response Plan
  • Outside Response Plan
  • (Sums in US$)

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

25 April 2020 |

The updated COVID-19 Response Plan for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) presents the joint strategy of the humanitarian community to respond to the public health needs and immediate humanitarian consequences of the pandemic over the remaining two months of the original Plan. It consolidates various COVID-19 appeals by UN agencies and NGOs. The latter have contributed in shaping the plan and conveying local actors’ perspectives, and will be able to access funding mobilized through the plan and be directly involved in it implementation. The Plan complements other interventions developed by the Palestinian Red Crescent Movement (PRCS)

1 July 2020 |
Photo by the World Health Organization

The total number of people with COVID-19 quadrupled during the reporting period, with the epicenter in the Hebron governorate. Three more people died in the West Bank and 13 are in serious or critical conditions. Revised Inter-Agency Response Plan for COVID-19 crisis is 66 per cent funded.

16 June 2020 |
UNRWA Jerusalem Health Centre. © 2020 UNRWA Photo by Louise Wateridge

60 new COVID-19 cases recorded during the reporting period. The number of people in home or facility-based quarantine declines significantly. Revised Inter-Agency Response Plan for COVID-19 crisis is 61 per cent funded.

3 June 2020 |
Aid delivery to Gaza, 2 June 2020. Photo by WHO

63 new COVID-19 cases; first death recorded in Gaza on 23 May. The State of Emergency declared across the oPt on 5 March has effectively ended. Revised Inter-Agency Response Plan for COVID-19 crisis is 58 per cent funded.

2 June 2020 |
Staff at quarantine facilities receive training in proper use of PPE, protection concerns and referral

Maha (pseudonym) a 40-year-old mother of three, reside in Al-Bureij, one of the poorest and most crowded refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip. Nearly four in ten women in the Gaza Strip face domestic violence, mostly by their partners.  Maha is one of them.

19 May 2020 |
Medical check-up at the UNRWA Bethlehem Health Centre. © Photo by UNRWA

Twenty new COVID-19 cases; no new deaths recorded since 20 April. New movement restrictions to be imposed for the Eid al Fitr holiday. Revised Inter-Agency Response Plan for COVID-19 crisis is 54 per cent funded.

12 May 2020 |

Map showing the locations of formal and informal COVID-19 treatment and quarantine centres across the Gaza Strip as of 11 May 2020, including information on the number of people in those centres

12 May 2020 |
Aid delivered to Palestinian families in Khallet Sakariya (Bethlehem). Photo by Mohammad Amayreh

15 new COVID-19 cases; no new deaths recorded. Palestinian workers in Israel to be covered by health insurance, following a court petition. Revised Inter-Agency Response Plan for COVID-19 crisis is 50 per cent funded.