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?

Confirmed with COVID-19
in critical condition
in the West Bank, of which 28,841 in East Jerusalem
in Gaza
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.

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

6 May 2021 |
Photo by WHO.

A nearly 60 per cent increase in active cases in Gaza; significant decline in the West Bank. About 250,000 Palestinians have been vaccinated, (excluding East Jerusalem), with 170,000 receiving both doses.  Health partners are requesting an additional $36 million to respond to increased COVID-19 needs.

12 April 2021 |
Photo by Tanya Habjouqa / LWD for the World Health Organization

In March, active cases in the oPt rise by nearly half; active cases in Gaza more than triple. Significant rise in patients in intensive care units and in those requiring mechanical ventilation. The Palestinian authorities vaccinated over 70,000 people by end of March, including 8,000 with both doses.

5 March 2021 |

In February, active cases more than double in the West Bank, decline significantly in Gaza. Public health restrictions ended in Gaza but extended in the West Bank. The Palestinian Ministry of Health launches its vaccination campaign.

28 January 2021 |
Photo by UNRWA

Thirty-seven per cent decline in active cases throughout the oPt. Public health restrictions further eased in Gaza. Israel temporarily closes air and land crossings to halt the spread of new COVID-19 variants. 

14 January 2021 |

Thirty-four per cent decline in active cases throughout the oPt. Public health restrictions eased slightly in the West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinian Authority (PA) secures provision of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

31 December 2020 |
Photo by WHO.

Active cases decline in the West Bank, but rise again in the Gaza Strip. Israeli public health measures temporarily limit the entry of international NGO staff. Preparations for a national vaccination plan continue.

31 December 2020 |
Staff of an aid organization preparing for the distribution of bedding sets to isolation centers. April 2020, Rafah. Photo by NRC

Rana, a 14 -year-old girl from Khan Younis, had to spend three weeks in quarantine at home, after being in contact with a relative who tested positive for COVID-19. She spent this period with her father and siblings, while her mother was outside the country. "I was very afraid of what might happen to us and wasn’t able to do my homework or anything else,” said Rana.

17 December 2020 |

302 new COVID-19 fatalities, including highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic. Number of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) doubles. Another 25,000 cases recorded along with 25,000 recoveries. Preparations for a national vaccination plan underway.