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?

208,349
Confirmed with COVID-19
189,154
recovered
117
in critical condition
2,259
deaths
153,171
in the West Bank, of which 24,737 in East Jerusalem
55,178
in Gaza
1,164,857
tested
23,272
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.

130
Partners
3152
Activities
6
Clusters
Activities by Cluster
Protection
1.4K
Health
1K
Education
  409
WASH
  175
Food Security
  84
Shelter and Non-Food Items
  55

How well is the humanitarian plan funded?

78.2M
Response Plan requirements
45.5M
Through the Response Plan (58.2%)
19M
Outside the Response Plan
Health
37.1M
18.5M 10.1M
Food Security
18M
12.2M 1.8M
WASH
  9.5M
    9.6M 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.

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 |
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.

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.

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.

15 December 2020 |

The interactive map visualizes the location and the number of people in quarantine, isolation centres and home quarantine. The map is updated frequently by the OCHA team based on information provided by the Ministry of Social Development in Gaza.

2 December 2020 |
Photo by WHO.

Unprecedented surge in COVID-19; active cases double in the oPt, triple in Gaza. Cumulative total of COVID-19 cases surpasses 100,000, with some 80,000 recoveries. Another 178 people die, including 62 in Gaza.