Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report 39

occupied Palestinian territory, issued 06 August 2020
Information for period: 5 March – 06 August 2020

Highlights

  • Number of people testing positive for COVID-19 continues to increase in the West Bank with an average of 367 new cases per day since August 1
  • Some movement restrictions have been eased in the West Bank following Eid al-Adha

Today, we launch a new #WearAMask challenge!

By wearing a mask, you are sending a message of solidarity and protecting people, especially those most vulnerable, from COVID-19.

Take a photo or a video of yourself wearing a mask, share it and nominate friends to do the same.

Remember, masks alone will not stop the virus. We must also:

  • Ensure masks covers our nose, mouth and chin
  • Keep physical distance
  • Clean hands
  • Keep away from big crowds
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing

WHO preparedness, readiness and response

WHO is continuing to work with partners to support Ministry of Health’s (MoH) efforts to respond to the COVID-19 situation.

Coordination, planning and monitoring
  • Following the activation of the logistics cluster by the humanitarian coordinator, WFP, WHO and  humanitarian  partners continue efforts to address the clearance of humanitarian shipments; coordination of access for medical referral patients from the Gaza Strip to essential services outside remains a concern, following the suspension of bilateral agreements and coordination in response to Israel’s threatened annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank
  • On August 5, the PA slightly eased restrictions following Eid al-Adha, allowing cafes, restaurants and sports clubs to open at 50% capacity; but weekend lockdowns remain, from 21:00 Thursday – Sunday mornings, with movement allowed from 07:00 – 12:00 midnight on other days. The ban on weddings, funerals and closures of function halls and large gatherings continues, as does the closure of affected areas, villages and camps within cities
  • Upon the request of the Humanitarian Coordinator, an inter-cluster needs assessment of governmental isolation centres is planned. The objective is to assess the equipment and supply needs of these centres and what priority support the UN and clusters will mobilize. Consultative meetings with respective stakeholders are foreseen, complemented by potential site visits.
Surveillance
  • The WHO risk assessment remains very high for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
  • The number of people testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 continues to rise
  • The total number of cases is 17,434 including 17,356 cases in the West Bank and 78 in the Gaza Strip
  • Since 1 August (to 6 August as of 14:00) the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) has averaged 367 cases per day, with 2,206 new cases and seven fatalities
  • Most cases recorded are from Hebron (8,636), East Jerusalem (4,036), Jerusalem (1,383), Ramallah (970), Bethlehem (708), Nablus (581), Qalqilya (225), Jenin (197) and Tulkarm (126). Only two governorates (Salfit and Tubas) continue to record low case numbers. A total of 215 health workers are among those confirmed cases
  • 12 patients are in a serious condition (ICU), with two requiring mechanical ventilation (as of 6 August, 14:00)
  • To-date, the Ministry of Health (MoH) reported a total of 8,417 cases have recovered: 8,347 in the West Bank (including 1,510 in East Jerusalem) and 70 in Gaza. Ninety-two people have died, with an overall case fatality rate (CFR) of 0.53%
  • Less than half (45%) of all confirmed cases are male (6,045 cases) and about 57.5% of all cases (10,033 cases) are below the age of 50 years in the oPt, excluding East Jerusalem.
Laboratory diagnostics
  • A total of 207,726 laboratory samples have been tested for COVID-19 according to the MoH, with 14,101 samples tested in the Gaza Strip.
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), Isolation and Case Management, Operations Support and Logistics 
  • 17,693 Palestinians are in quarantine (home or facility-based) to prevent further spread of the disease
  • In the Gaza Strip, 257 people are in one of three quarantine facilities which include health facilities, hotels or other designated buildings
  • WHO supported MoH assessment teams in conducting a review of essential practices, equipment and environment within MoH maternity and neonatal units, with a specific component on infection prevention and control measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A final report with results and hospital plans will be available mid-August.
East Jerusalem
  • As of August 5, there are 35 cases of COVID-19 cases in the East Jerusalem hospitals: 7 cases in Al-Makassed Hospital, 28 cases in St Joseph Hospital and no cases at Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH). There are seven infected health workers: four from Al Makassed and three from AVH.
Risk Communications and Community Engagement (RCCE)
Pictured are social media cards used in the RCCE COVID-19 campaign which promote wearing a mask while commuting (right) and how to return to school safely (left).  
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