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Title: Social and political determinants of health in the occupied Palestine territory (oPt) during the COVID-19 pandemic: Who is responsible?
Authors: Hammoudeh, Weeam 
Kienzler, Hanna 
Meagher, Kristen 
Giacaman, Rita 
Keywords: COVID-19 (Disease) - Psychological aspects - Palestine;COVID-19 (Disease) - Governmental policy - Palestine;COVID-19 (Disease) - Political aspects - Palestine;COVID-19 (Disease) - Social aspects - Palestine
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: BMJ Global Health
Abstract: The Palestinian authority (PA) reacted quickly to the coronavirus outbreak, introducing strict lock down measures to limit community transmission. However, since restriction measures were eased in late May, there has been a massive spike in cases with over 9000 cases by July 18 2020 compared with less than 400 cases at the end of the lockdown. This has created a climate of fear. Since the spike, shorter lockdown measures have been instituted, but have been met with protests due to the lack of economic protection for the population. Going forward, long-term lockdown measures are likely unable to be implemented in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) as the financial and social consequences have had devastating impacts on the nation as a whole.
DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-003683
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