Health Ministry announces first Israeli fatality from coronavirus, a Holocaust survivor

BREAKING: The Health Ministry reported Israel’s first coronavirus fatality Friday night. The victim, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor from Hungary who was able to rebuild his life in Israel, is survived by 4 children, 18 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital said that despite intensive treatment, including being resuscitated from heart failure, he had deteriorated rapidly in recent hours and died.

The hospital added that the man was admitted in a very serious condition with multiple preexisting conditions. He was admitted last week at a specially designated ward for patients ill with the virus.

In addition, an 89-year-old woman is fighting for her life in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem.

Another three patients being treated at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon deteriorated Friday and they are currently in serious to critical condition.

Israel now has 705 coronavirus confirmed patients. Of them, 662 have light symptoms, 18 are in moderate condition, 10 are in serious condition and 15 people have recovered.

There are 271 people hospitalized, 149 are being treated at home, 58 are being treated in a specially designated hotel and 212 are awaiting a decision on how they will be treated.

Israel was one of the first countries to enact strict travel restrictions.

PM Netanyahu announced Thursday night the government’s latest guidelines for fighting the coronavirus, including the requirement for Israelis to stay at home, with the exception of buying food, basic essentials, medicine and medical procedures.

Those whose work is defined by the government as “essential” will still be allowed to go to work, carrying an identification card in the case at all times.

The new partial nationwide closures will now be enforced by the police.