5,591 Israelis infected with coronavirus, 21 fatalities, 97 in serious condition

The number of coronavirus infections in Israel has risen to 5,5915 as of Wednesday morning, with 21 fatalities, 97 people in serious condition, including 76 patients on ventilators, and the vast majority of cases in light condition.

The condition of 122 is moderate, while 5,121 patients are in light condition.

226 people have completely recovered from the virus.

The latest fatality is a 98-year-old woman who suffered from serious underlying health conditions. She succumbed to the virus overnight at Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva.

She is the second fatality from a geriatric housing facility in Beer Sheva where several residents and members of staff were found infected with the coronavirus.

PM Netanyahu announced Monday evening significant restrictions on the public, which include barring public gatherings of more than two people who are not in the same immediate family.

About 600 IDF soldiers and commanders from training bases are helping Israel Police enforce the Health Ministry restrictions.

The commander of the Golani Brigade’s training told his soldiers that  “we trained you to fight against enemies in Lebanon, Syria, Judea, and Samaria and Gaza. This time you are fighting a slightly different enemy- the coronavirus. We have to complete the mission the best and most professional way, it’s our duty.”

In addition, the IDF has allocated some 1,000 soldiers to provide food and assistance to the elderly and other at-risk populations around the country in cooperation with Municipalities, regional councils and the Health Ministry.