An 84-year-woman, who was hospitalized at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center, died on Sunday due to complications of coronavirus, bringing Israel's total number of fatalities from the pathogen to 15.
The deceased was named as Rosa Sherman Arbel, who was admitted to the hospital last Monday in very serious condition. Her condition worsened Sunday morning and she passed away later in the day.
The family of Sherman Arbel, a Health Ministry pensioner, said that the woman resided in Jerusalem since the 1960s and refused to live anywhere else but the capital.
" She was a dedicated mother and grandmother who always put the good of her children before her own," her family said.
Another two people have died from coronavirus-related complications earlier Sunday.
The two latest fatalities are a 92-year-old Mordechai Ben-Michael from Jerusalem and a 94-year-old Pearl Vvizel from Bnei Brak. Both victims suffered from serious underlying health conditions.
The male victim was hospitalized at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center a week ago in a very serious condition.
"The staff of the [coronavirus] unit provided the patient with attentive medical care,” said the hospital in a statement. “Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated, and he passed away this morning. We offer our sincere condolences to the family.”
On Friday, two people died due to complications related to the virus in a matter of hours.
The two fatalities are an 80-year-old patient with underlying conditions, who passed away at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, and a 73-year-old man who passed away earlier at Rambam Hospital in Haifa who also had underlying health conditions.
The latter's 71-year-old wife is also hospitalized and is said to be in moderate condition. The couple had recently returned from a vacation in Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands.
Additionally, among 66 people who are currently in a serious condition is a 22-year-old man with no underlying health problems. He is hospitalized at Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital in southern Israel. He is was given artificial respiratory assistance.
The young man was initially hospitalized with light symptoms but over the past few days he had developed breathing difficulties and his condition deteriorated.
"This morning, the patient's respiratory problems became worse, requiring full respiratory support,” said Doctor Meir Ami, the head of the intensive care unit at the hospital. “After being sedated and hooked to a ventilator, his condition has stabilized, and he responds well to the treatment provided to him.”