Israel announces 4th, 5th deaths in pandemic; 2,170 diagnosed with coronavirus

March 27, 2020

76-year-old man dies at Sheba Medical Center, reportedly had prior serious health issues before COVID-19 infection; 5th fatality said to be man, 87, who tested positive after death

The Health Ministry on Wednesday morning said that five people have now died in Israel in the coronavirus pandemic.

Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer announced the death of a 76-year-old man, Israel’s fourth fatality from COVID-19.

The man reportedly had serious health issues before he contracted the virus. He was not immediately named.

According to Hebrew media reports, the fifth victim was an 87-year-old man who arrived at the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brak on Tuesday with breathing difficulties. He was tested after he died and diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The Health Ministry announced Wednesday afternoon that the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in Israel is now 2,170, an increase of 240 since Tuesday, which had seen the largest single-day jump in cases since the crisis began.

According to the ministry, 37 people with COVID-19 are in serious condition, and 54 are in moderate condition. Another 1,876 people have mild symptoms.

There have now been 58 Israelis who have recovered from the virus.

Of those who are infected, 203 are being treated in hospitals, 927 are at home and 203 are in hotels that have been repurposed as coronavirus wards.

The rise in cases has come alongside a boost in the number of tests for the virus, with 5,067 people tested between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning. On Tuesday morning the ministry said it had tested 3,743 in the previous 24-hour period.

Over 63,000 Israelis are in quarantine, down from nearly 75,000 reported Monday. In total, over 140,000 have spent time in self-isolation.

Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center announced Tuesday evening the death of Israel’s third victim of the virus, an 87-year-old man.

The man was brought to the hospital earlier this week from the sheltered living center where he lived, after testing positive for the virus, the hospital said. He had a series of underlying medical issues, including diabetes and dementia, it added in a statement.

He was the second resident of the Nofim Tower assisted living facility in Jerusalem to succumb to the illness. The first was Aryeh Even, 88, who died on Friday…

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