The announcement of the first two positive cases of COVID-19 in Gaza on March 22, has rightly set off alarms, particularly among health officials and international health organisations. The two Palestinian men detected with the novel Coronavirus infection had recently travelled to Pakistan. They have since been placed in a quarantine facility near the Egyptian border with Gaza. The two individuals were also not allowed to mix with the wider population of Gaza. The Palestinian territory has been under a debilitating blockade since 2006, imposed by both Israel and Egypt.