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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update 11, oPt, March 20, 2020

Situation in occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):

  • On 20 March the Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed one new COVID-19 case, a Palestinian from Salfit governorate arriving from Pakistan. The person is in isolation at Hugo Chavez Hospital near Ramallah and is asymptomatic
  • On 19 March, the MoH confirmed 3 cases, two travelled to West Bank through Allenby Bridge coming from France and have been isolated in Hugo Chavez Hospital, and one further case, who is from Nablus, traveling from Egypt. He is in isolation in Jericho Military Academy Isolation unit, contact tracing has been initiated
  • The total number of confirmed cases is now 48
  • Most confirmed cases are asymptomatic and are being isolated in a Bethlehem hotel, in a converted drug rehabilitation facility in Bethlehem and in Jericho academy isolation (hospital), as well as at Hugo Chavez Hospital
  • Infection prevention and control protocols are implemented as per WHO guidelines for all newly confirmed cases. Investigations and contact tracing continue
  • Today, the MoH announced that 14 COVID-19 cases who were confirmed on 05 March have now recovered and have been discharged from isolation following two negative COVID-19 tests. An additional three cases who previously received confirmation on 06 March, now tested negative and await the final confirmation test
  • In Gaza, 79 suspected COVID-19 cases have been tested, all with negative results, according to the Gaza health authorities
  • Those coming from crossings at Rafah or Erez have been quarantined since March 15. A total of 1,198 people (who are asymptomatic) 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
  • UNICEF and WHO jointly developed a risk communications and engagement plan to support the Ministry of Health to share health advice, mobilize the community and combat rumours and misinformation. Working with a communications taskforce (including the MoH and private sector), the agencies have launched a new COVID-19 campaign to share critical and responsive health information across radio, TV, social media and mobile networks. To get involved and help disseminate health information contact Alice Plate: platea@who.int
  • 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 (dashboard) and WHO (see TwitterFacebook and oPt website), and follow and promote the recommended basic preventive and protective measures.

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