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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update 10, oPt, March 18, 2020

Situation in occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):

  • On 17 March, the Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed 5 cases: two travelled to West Bank through Allenby Bridge near Jericho, and further 3 cases are from Bethlehem and are in isolation. In addition to the 39 previous confirmed cases this brings the total to 44 (see the chart below for more detail) 
  • Apart from the new cases confirmed yesterday - most come from Bethlehem (see the map below for detail)
  • Most cases are asymptomatic and are being isolated in a Bethlehem hotel, a converted drug rehabilitation facility in Bethlehem and in Jericho hospital
  • A preventive medicine doctor is available at the Bethlehem hotel isolation site to ensure adequate case management procedures. Infection prevention and control protocols were implemented as per WHO guidelines. Investigations and contact tracing continue
  • In Gaza, 49 suspected COVID-19 cases have been tested, all with negative results.
  • Those coming from crossings at Rafah or Erez have been quarantined since March 15. More than 787 people are in quarantine either at Rafah border quarantine or at health facilities or schools designated as quarantine facilities. Travel is only possible for urgent humanitarian reasons and is subject to approval. Schools are closed till the end of March and measures will be reviewed weekly by authorities.
  • Community mobilization efforts are underway to combat rumours and misinformation. UNICEF and WHO are jointly developing a risk communications and engagement plan to support the Ministry of Health and are working with a new communications taskforce with the MOH and private sector to tackle misinformation and to disseminate health advice
  • The UN Resident Coordinator supported by WHO and partners held another donor briefing on 18 March 2020 and informed the donor community of required resources to support the government’s efforts and to address identified priority medical supply and equipment gaps. The plan outlines immediate priority COVID-19 response actions developed by WHO and Health Cluster partners to support containment and to address immediate health system gaps
  • WHO urges the public to obtain the latest information on COVID-19 from key sources such as MoH and WHO (see TwitterFacebook and oPt website), and follow and promote the recommended basic preventive and protective measures.

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