Israel’s coronavirus tally up to 1238
BREAKING: Another 167 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Israel, bringing the country’s total to 1238, 24 of them in serious condition and 34 in moderate, the Health Ministry reports.
The spike in the number of diagnoses is likely tied to a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus tests being conducted – 5,268 in the last 24 hours.
Israel will be carrying out an average of 5,000 tests per day. The number is expected to be 10,000 per day in two weeks.
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.
The Palestinian Authority announced a two-week lockdown on Sunday amid the spread of the coronavirus in the Arab territories.
Residents are not be allowed to leave their homes after 10 pm and during the day will only be allowed to leave for shopping at grocery stores, bakeries and pharms.
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.
Muslim terrorist Tawfiq Abu Naim, the head of Hamas security forces in Gaza, was quarantined after he spent time near the two infected. He was present when the two were being transported to a quarantine facility in Rafah.
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.