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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update 15: occupied Palestinian territory, March 28, 2020 (epidemiological week 4)

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Situation in occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):

On 27 March 2020, the Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed 7 new confirmed cases in the West Bank and on 28 March an additional 6 new cases in the West Bank. No new cases were reported for Gaza in this period

The total number of cases in all oPt is 97, including 88 cases in West Bank and 9 cases in Gaza (see Graph 1 for geographical locations of confirmed cases and Graph 2 for cases per day and Graph 3 for cumulative confirmed cases). MoH has reported a total of 18 cases have recovered

Most cases do not present clinical symptoms and none are critical. All new cases are under medical observation at designated health facilities. Contact tracing was initiated for all cases

In Gaza, those coming from crossings at Rafah or Erez have been quarantined since March 15 and people are in quarantine either at Rafah border quarantine or at health facilities, schools or hotels designated as quarantine facilities. Home quarantine ended 26 March for those who entered Gaza 14 days prior

Work at outpatient clinics, non-emergency surgeries, and visits to inpatients at public hospitals have all been suspended. Other precautionary measures include closing the weekly open markets in all governorates of the Gaza Strip, and restricting social gatherings like weddings and funerals

On 26 March 2020, the Palestinian Authority released the National COVID-19 Response Plan that outlined the strategic measures from a number of key sectors, including health, economy and social protection to contain the outbreak. The amount of $120 million planned by the PA for a period of 90 days is needed to support the proposed measures

On 27 March 2020, the humanitarian clusters under the leadership of Humanitarian Coordinator and with support from WHO have released an updated inter-agency multi-sectoral COVID-19 response plan totaling $34 million for a period of 90 days. The plan aligns the collective efforts of the UN and its partners to support the Palestinian Authority’s lead National Response Plan to manage the impact of COVID-19 as well as with the global UN appeal issued by the UN Secretary General on 25 March 2020

The health response part of the oPt inter-agency plan asks for $19.5 million to support immediate priority COVID-19 response actions developed by partners to support containment and to address immediate health system gaps in laboratory testing, case management and infection prevention and control

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator has released 1 Million USD from the humanitarian pooled fund to address immediate priority needs and WHO and partners are working with the donor community to mobilize further resources to support the government’s efforts and to address identified priority COVID-19 response actions to support containment and to address immediate health system gaps

The humanitarian clusters under the leadership of Humanitarian Coordinator and with support from WHO are working on the update of the inter-agency multi-sectoral COVID-19 response plan. The plan outlines immediate priority COVID-19 response actions developed by partners to support containment and to address immediate system gaps in health, education and other social sectors

WHO urges the public to obtain the latest information on COVID-19 from key sources such as MoH (dashboard and WHO (see Twitter, Facebook and oPt website), and follow and promote the recommended basic preventive and protective measures.