The Palestinian Authority (PA)

The Spread of Covid-19 in Judea and Samaria (Updated to December 28, 2020)

The situation in the Gaza Strip: The number of active Covid-19 cases in Gaza is still very high. Between December 22 and 28, 2020, 4,735 new cases were detected. The number of active cases currently stands at 10,729. There have been 340 deaths, up from 271 on December 22. On December 28 there were 327 hospitalized patients, 195 in serious condition. The situation in Judea and Samaria: This past week the rate of infection declined slightly, but the number of active cases is still high. On December 28 the number stood at 11,322, down from 13,529 a week ago. Of the daily tests administered, 22.3% were positive, down from 23.3% a week ago. The Nablus district remains the district with the highest number of cases in Judea and Samaria, followed by the Ramallah-al-Bireh district.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 16-22, 2020)

Compared with last week, in the Gaza Strip the number of active Covid-19 cases increased to 9,574 and the percentage of positive test results is 23.8%; in Judea and Samaria the number of active Covid-19 cases decreased slightly to 13,379 and the percentage of positive test results is 25.6%. The lull in the Gaza Strip continues. In Judea and Samaria an Israeli civilian was murdered in northern Samaria (possibly in a terrorist attack). A shooting attack targeted a police security post in a gate of the northern Temple Mount.
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Judea and Samaria (Updated to December 21, 2020)

In light of the significant rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, over the weekend severe restrictions were placed on Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, although (so far) a general lockdown has not yet been imposed. Despite the restrictions, the number of active cases and percentage of positive test results continue climbing.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 15-9, 2020)

In the Gaza Strip the number of active Covid-19 cases reported by the ministry of health is 8,723. However, the real number is apparently higher (for reasons including the low number of tests administered). In Judea and Samaria the rise in the number of active cases continues and currently stands at 14,696. This past week Palestinians rioted against the Israeli security forces in the village of al-Mughayir, located northeast of Ramallah. Mahmoud Abbas continues his visits to Arab states.
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Judea and Samaria (Updated to December 14, 2020)

The number of active Covid-19 cases in Gaza decreased this past week but is still high. The central laboratory resumed operations after receiving the necessary testing materials. In Judea and Samaria: The number of active Covid-19 cases continues rising. The number of active cases the east Jerusalem neighborhoods also rose. Palestinians continue violating public health guidelines, even in districts with high rates of Covid-19 infection, mainly by holding mass events. In ITIC assessment, Israeli Arabs continue holding weddings in the Palestinian Authority (PA) territories with a high rate of infection.
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Israel Transfers Tax Revenues to the Palestinian Authority (Updated to December 9, 2020)

On December 2, 2020, the Palestinian Authority (PA) said in an announcement that the government of Israel had transferred all the tax revenues to the PA account, a sum of 3.768 billion shekels (approximately $115.6 billion). According to the Palestinian minister of the treasury, the funds will make it possible to reduce the budget deficit to $850 million for 2020 and to help repair the extensive damage done to the Palestinian economy by the Covid-19 epidemic.
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