After the Ceasefire, Covid-19 Still Lurks in Palestine

Apart from the threat of Israeli aggression, another threat of the Covid-19 spread still lurks in Palestine. The Palestinians who have fled to the United Nations-run schools may cause the spread of Covid-19 in the shelter since measures to maintain the social distancing can’t be carried out.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap Team in Gaza wear Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic.
(Illustration) Aksi Cepat Tanggap Team in Gaza wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the Covid-19 pandemic. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, RAMALLAH — As of now, there are two ongoing threats for the Palestinians; the Israeli strikes, and the Covid-19 pandemic. On Saturday (5/22/2021), the number of new positive cases increased and mostly came from the Gaza strip.

On Saturday (5/22/2021), according to the Ministry of Health Mai Alkaila, there were 233 new COVID-19 infections. In the West Bank, only 46 coronavirus tests came out positive, while 187 new cases were registered in the Gaza Strip. 

Aside from the number of positive cases, In her daily report on the coronavirus pandemic, Alkaila said five deaths were reported in the West Bank and two others in the Gaza Strip. Until this news was written on Sunday (5/23/2021), the total number of Covid-19 cases in Palestine has reached 334,042, with 325,274 recovered, 3,727 dead, and 43 people in critical condition.

Alkaila said 43 patients of coronavirus are currently under intensive care, of whom 10 are on ventilators. In addition, 85 patients are receiving treatment at hospitals and COVID-19 dispensaries.

According to WHO, the escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian territory placing considerable strain on a health system already overwhelmed `by the strains of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The attacks that caused 58,000 Palestinians to seek shelter in the UNRWA schools pose hygiene risks and limit physical distancing measures for the effective prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

This is in accordance with the statement of the Palestinian Ministry of Health that the Israeli forces targeted densely populated residential areas, which may account for the large numbers of victims in the same family. Threatening civilians and displacing them from their homes towards shelters creates a dangerous environment for the spread of COVID-19.[]