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?

317,961
Confirmed with COVID-19
287,514
recovered
153
in critical condition
3,406
deaths
221,880
in the West Bank, of which 28,841 in East Jerusalem
96,081
in Gaza
1,704,190
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.

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

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.

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.