COVID-19 Pandemic Hampers Economic Growth in Palestine

After Gaza announced its first death case due to Covid-19 at the end of May, the decline in economic growth also became a matter of concern for surviving a pandemic.

Palestinian children suffer the most from the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Palestine. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA, WEST BANK - At least 630 Palestinians in total are reported to have contracted COVID-19 as of June. were confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 as of June 2 with 179 cases in East Jerusalem, 390 cases in the remainder of the West Bank, and 61 cases in the Gaza Strip. The first death due to Coronavirus in Gaza was reported on May 23.

Reported by Reliefweb, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported more than 57 thousand samples have been tested. Nearly 23 thousand Palestinians are in quarantine at home or in designated facilities to monitor their symptoms. As of June 2, the cumulative number of Palestinians that undergo quarantine since the onset is.

In its latest report, the World Bank projects a decline of at least 7.6 per cent in the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory in 2020 They also warned of substantial reduction in per capita income and the rise in unemployment and poverty.

Reported by Al-Jazeera, the economic decline is estimated to make the number of households living below the poverty line in the West Bank increases from 14 percent to 30 percent this year, largely due to Palestinians being unable to cross into Israel for work. The World Bank also projects that the poverty rate in Gaza will surge from 53 to 64 percent this year.

The pandemic also severely affects the mental health of the Palestinians. Palestinian Mental Health Specialist Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei wrote on Reliefweb about the challenges faced by the people of Gaza that become worse due to COVID-19 pandemic. Social problems such as domestic violence, economic blockade and ongoing conflict haunt children and women.

" Before COVID-19 arrived in Palestine, people were already facing huge mental pressures. Already one in four children in Gaza was in need of some sort of psychological support, " wrote Dr. Abu Jamei. []