COVID-19 in Palestinian Territories

Palestinian Territory // 26 November, 2020

At least 91,464 cases and 767 deaths. See the Ministry of Health COVID-19 website (in Arabic) and the WHO in occupied Palestinian territory Twitter account.

Status: Outbreak

26 November: Cases have been surging in recent weeks. There are over 91,000 cases confirmed; over 74,000 in West Bank and over 17,000 in Gaza Strip. Included in these are 767 fatalities and over 73,000 recoveries. More than 1,800 healthcare workers have been infected.

The West Bank will impose movement restrictions as well as nighttime and weekend curfews from 27 November.

21 November: COVID-19 activity is increasing steadily. There are more than 10,800 active cases and over 69,800 have recovered. The City of Jerusalem has more than 12,500 confirmed cases, Gaza province has reported over 13,100 cases and Hebron province more than 19,600. 

23 October: On an average over 450 new infections are being reported in a day. A decline in daily new infections and daily deaths has been noted since last week of September. Recovery rate is pegged at over 80% of all confirmed case across West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.

12 September: Cases in Gaza have tripled over the past week, and are now up to 1,551. Per the WHO, "community transmission remains a serious concern due to capacity gaps of the health system." Movement restrictions have been eased in Rafah, Khanyounis, the Middle Governorate and Gaza city, though a curfew is in effect 8 pm to 7 am. Stricter measures are in place in hotspot areas with clusters of cases. The North Governorate remains under lockdown. Schools have been closed until further notice.

In the West Bank, since the school opening on 6 September, around 80 schools have temporarily closed following confirmed COVID-19 cases among pupils and/or school staff.

26 August: Local transmission in the community has been confirmed in the Gaza Strip. A 48-hour lockdown has been imposed in response. At least ten cases have been detected in the al-Maghazi refugee camp, and at least three cases detected in the north. Prior to these cases, all other infections in Gaza strip had been in isolation centres. In total 125 cases have been confirmed in Gaza and two deaths confirmed.

The total cases across the Palestinian Territories is 26,764 cases, of which 151 people have died and almost 18,500 people have recovered.

14 August: Cases continue during August, particularly in the West Bank where around 400 new cases are reported each day. There have been 20,525 cases confirmed; 81 in Gaza and 20,444 in the West Bank. Of these 115 people have died and over 12,500 people have recovered. Despite this, some restrictions are starting to lift, with Friday prayers allowed in open spaces and some shops beginning to resume operation on weekends.

29 July: Cases continue to surge. A total of 13,938 cases have been confirmed, which includes 75 in the Gaza Strip, 3,000 in Jerusalem City and another 1,111 in the outskirts of Jerusalem. Over 80 health care workers have been infected. Hebron remains a hot spot for transmission, accounting for over half the currently active cases. At least 81 people have died and over 6,000 people have recovered to date.

17 July: Cases have been surging throughout July, with hundreds of new daily cases. A total of 8,617 cases have been confirmed, which includes 8,545 in West Bank and 72 in Gaza. Over 1,480 people have recovered and 49 people have died. The majority of cases are from Hebron (62%) and Jerusalem (14%) Governorates.

17 June: New daily infections remain low. Most of the cases have been in Jerusalem and other northern governorates. Of the 700 plus cases, nearly 600 people have recovered and five people have died, with 132 active cases remaining.

25 May: Cases have stabilised, with less than 10 new daily cases throughout May, except on 22 May when 25 cases were reported. There have been 602 cases confirmed; 319 from Jerusalem Governorate, 228 from Northern Governorates excluding Jerusalem and 55 from Southern Provinces. At least 475 people have recovered and five people have died. Males account for around 64% of all infections.

Some restrictions will begin to ease this week in West Bank, with shops and businesses reopening and government employees to return to work after Eid al-Fitr holidays.

30 April: The total number of COVID-19 cases is 507. This includes 490 cases in the West Bank, with 163 in East Jerusalem, 140 in Jerusalem Governorate, 68 in Ramallah, 59 in Bethlehem and 41 in Hebron. Included also is 17 cases in the Gaza Strip, all from Gaza City. A total of 11 health workers are among those confirmed cases.

4 April: Cases continue to be reported, a total of 171 cases have been confirmed. This includes 159 cases in West Bank, with 66 cases in Jerusalem, 46 cases in Bethlehem and 36 cases in Ramallah and Al-Bireh. A further 12 cases have been in Gaza. One person has died and 21 have recovered.

29 March: More cases reported, of which 88 are in West Bank and 9 cases in Gaza.

25 March: Media sources have reported the first death in a woman in her 60s, with 62 confirmed cases in the West Bank and two in the Gaza Strip.

17 March: More cases have been reported, resulting in a total of 39 cases.

10 March: Additional cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases to 20.

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