Second death from coronavirus in Israel – Number of infected reaches 1656

A 67-year-old woman died from coronavirus, the Health Ministry and Wolfson hospital announced. The woman had serious pre-existing medical conditions.

“Our intensive care team fought for her life with great dedication, but her condition deteriorated and despite this care she passed away”, Wolfson hospital said in a statement.

This is the second death from coronavirus in Israel. 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.

Another 234 people have tested positive for coronavirus today, bringing the country’s total to 1656, 30 of them in serious condition and 47 in moderate condition and 1528 in light condition, among them 652 patients displaying only light or no symptoms who are hospitalized at home and 161 more patients hospitalized in hotels, the Health Ministry reports.

49 people have completely recovered from the virus.

The new report makes Israel the world’s 20th country worst-hit by the coronavirus. However, the mortality rate in Israel is exceptionally low, standing under 0.1%.

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.