Until 24 August, all of the active cases were contained, having been detected among people who had returned to Gaza through the Rafah or Erez crossings, and were fulfilling the mandatory 21-day period in quarantine centers.
On 24 August, the authorities in Gaza reported the first COVID-19 cases outside of designated quarantine centers. In other words, some cases have been found inside the crowded neighborhoods of Gaza. In response, the local authorities have declared a state of emergency and enforced a lockdown, obliging people to stay at home to face the catastrophic of the pandemic spreading, movement inside and between governorates is prohibited except for emergency services. Public and private facilities including schools, shops and work places, are closed