HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STÉPHANE DUJARRIC​
SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES
WEDNESDAY, 26 AUGUST 2020

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GAZA
In the occupied Palestinian territory, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that four cases were detected among members of the same family in Al-Maghazi refugee camp in the Gaza Strip two days ago.

These are the first cases reported outside of quarantine facilities in Gaza.  An additional 11 cases were detected yesterday and today.

To support local authorities, we along with our partners, are providing essential services for more than 2,200 people in 16 quarantine facilities throughout Gaza. We are also preparing to transform a several quarantine centers into isolation facilities for treatment should there be a substantial rise in the number of cases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that 10 additional ventilators are now available in Gaza, raising the total number to 50.

To date, more than 26,000 people have tested positive for the virus in the occupied Palestinian territory, with 150 deaths.
The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is already dire. As you saw yesterday, the Special Coordinator, Nicholay Mladenov, told the Security Council members that the UN has asked Israel to reinstate the delivery of Qatari-funded fuel for the Gaza Strip in order to help prevent a major health crisis, following these reported cases.

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