7,030 Israelis infected with coronavirus, 37 fatalities – Bnei Brak declared ‘restricted zone’
The number of coronavirus infections in Israel has risen to 7,030 as of Friday morning, with 37 fatalities, 115 people in serious condition, including 95 patients on ventilators, and the vast majority of cases in light condition.
6,378 patients are in light condition.
357 people have made a full recovery.
The latest fatality is a 71-year-old man who was being treated at Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer. He had significant underlying health problems.
The highly infected ultra-orthodox city of Bnei Brak has more coronavirus per capita than any other city in Israel, with at least 996 people diagnosed with the virus.
Yesterday, the government declared the city a “restricted zone”. The residents of Bnei Brak will only be allowed to leave the city to receive medical treatment, attend a funeral of a first-degree relative or for legal proceedings.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett ordered the evacuation of some 4,500 elderly people aged 80 and over from Bnei Brak in order to protect them. The residents will be relocated to a designated hotel operated by the IDF Homefront Command.
The rest of the city’s population between the ages of 60 and 80, must remain in strict home quarantine.
About 60 roadblocks have been set up around the city and more than 1,000 police officers have been deployed there to enforce the Health Ministry’s guidelines.