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.
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.
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.
The deterioration witnessed in recent weeks in the Gaza Strip is of grave concern. In the context of an escalation of hostilities with Palestinian armed groups launching projectiles into Israel, Israel has limited the transfer of certain goods into the blockaded coastal enclave, reduced the permissible fishing area and prevented fuel deliveries, including the UN-facilitated fuel for Gaza’s sole Power Plant. As a result, the Gaza Power Plant ceased operations on 18 August, sharply reducing electricity provision to nearly 2 million Palestinians.
The overall number of COVID-19 cases rose by forty per cent and 45 more people died. First cases of community transmission reported in Gaza, leading to two fatalities. Complete lockdown in Gaza, amidst intensified hostilities and a significant decline in power supply.
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.