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?

94,861
Confirmed with COVID-19
75,173
recovered
63
in critical condition
791
deaths
75,701
in the West Bank, of which 12,971 in East Jerusalem
19,160
in Gaza
654,961
tested
11,874
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.

128
Partners
2663
Activities
6
Clusters
Activities by Cluster
Protection
1.2K
Health
835
Education
  354
WASH
  119
Food Security
  84
Shelter and Non-Food Items
  55

How well is the humanitarian plan funded?

78.2M
Response Plan requirements
36.5M
Through the Response Plan (46.7%)
19M
Outside the Response Plan
Health
37.1M
13.7M 10.1M
Food Security
18M
    9.2M 1.8M
WASH
  9.5M
    8.4M 2.1M
Education
  7.1M
    1.5M 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.

19 November 2020 |
Photo by UNRWA.

Active COVID-19 cases continue to rise; 103 more people die. Gaza accounts for 39 per cent of active cases and recorded another 19 fatalities. 121,000 Palestinians lost their jobs in the second quarter of 2020, according to the World Bank. 

3 November 2020 |

After weeks of declining, active COVID-19 cases rise slightly; 81 more people die. Over 2,400 more cases of community transmission, and another nine fatalities reported in Gaza. The Inter-Agency Response Plan for the oPt is 49 per cent funded.

20 October 2020 |
© UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan

Over 6,600 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the oPt, but active cases continue to decline; 90 more people die. 1,400 more cases of community transmission, and another five fatalities reported in Gaza. The Inter-Agency Response Plan for the oPt is 49 per cent funded.

6 October 2020 |

Over 6,000 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the oPt, but active cases decline significantly; 88 more people die. 1,000 more cases of community transmission, and another six fatalities reported in Gaza. The general lockdown is extended in both the West Bank and Israel, which also includes annexed East Jerusalem. The Inter-Agency Response Plan for the oPt is 47 per cent funded.

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.