31 fatalities, 6,211 Israelis infected with coronavirus, 107 in serious condition

The Health Ministry announced that 11 coronavirus patients have died in the last 24 hours, bringing Israel’s death toll to 31. The number of Israelis infected has increased to 6,211 with 107 people in serious condition, including 83 patients on ventilators.

The latest fatality is a 72-year-old man who succumbed to the virus at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

A 77-year-old man with preexisting conditions died at HaEmek Hospital in Afula. A 95-year-old man passed away at Sheba Hospital. A 78-year-old man succumbed to the coronavirus at Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon. An 87-year old man died at Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva.

Among the new diagnoses are 71-year-old Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and his wife. According to the Health Ministery office, the minister and his wife are feeling well and will remain in quarantine in accordance with the ministry’s guidelines.

Following Litzman’s diagnosis, Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen, Director-General of the Health Ministry Moshe Bar Siman Tov and the head of the National Security Council, Meir Ben Shabbat, entered isolation in accordance with Health Ministry guidelines. Yaakov Aryeh Alter, who heads the Hassidic community to which Litzman belongs, also entered isolation.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and two other generals have entered self-isolation earlier this week. The measures have been taken after it was revealed that a commander in reserve service who participated in a meeting held on March 22 has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Head of the Homefront Command Maj.-Gen Tamir Yadai and the Head of Operations Divisions Maj.-Gen. Aaron Haliva also attended the same meeting and will enter quarantine until the end of the week.

PM Netanyahu tested negative for the coronavirus on Monday after a parliamentary aide was confirmed to be carrying the virus.

Israel’s Health Ministry regulations require 14-day self-isolation for anyone deemed to have been in proximity to a carrier, with the duration reduced for the number of days that have passed since the suspected exposure.