Israel extends winter clock to fight coronavirus as number of infected reaches 1071

BREAKING: Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced that the government is set to extend winter time until May 1st to reduce the time that people spend outside their home and prevent further spread of coronavirus, as the number of infected Israelis reaches 1071 tonight.

Daylight saving time was due to kick off this week. Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit approved a request made by the Interior Ministry to include the extension of standard time into the state of emergency orders currently in place due to the coronavirus crisis.

“A few days ago, I began to investigate the possibility of postponing the transition to Daylight Saving Time, in order to deter people from spending time outside. I consulted with the Prime Minister and was given the go-ahead”, Minister Deri said.

Another 126 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Israel since the morning hours, bringing the country’s total to 1071, with the vast majority of cases light, 30 moderate and 37 recoveries. One patient has died and 18 are in serious condition.

The new data shows an increase of 238 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Of the 1071 people diagnosed with the coronavirus, 314 are being treated at hospitals, 344 at home, 97 at specially designated hotels and 278 are awaiting a decision on how they will be treated.

On Friday evening Israel reported its first coronavirus fatality. Aryeh Even z”l, 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.

The first two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed Sunday morning in Gaza.

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

Israel’s government approved additional measures to limit the movement of citizens and trade, including the requirement for Israelis to stay at home, with the exception of buying food, basic essentials, medicine and medical procedures.

All foreigners are not allowed to enter Israel.