Another 246 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Israel, bringing the country's total to 3,865, health officials reported Saturday. There has been another increase in the number of cases with serious symptoms, including a 22-year-old healthy man.
The number of Israelis who have died from complications resulting from COVID-19 remains at 12.
Of the latest number, 66 are in serious condition, with at least 54 of those reliant on ventilator machines, which push air in and out of the lungs of the patients who cannot breathe by themselves.
Another 82 remain in in moderate condition and 3,616 have light symptoms. At least 89 people have recovered from the illness.
Of that number, 500 people are hospitalized, 1,834 people who are being treated at home, 525 are being treated in specially designated hotels and 905 are awaiting a decision on how they will be treated. The latest new data shows an increase of 401 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.
Among those 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 sedated and hooked-up to a ventilator.
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.”
In addition, a 45-year-old man with no underlying health problems also hospitalized in a serious condition in central Israel.
The man was hospitalized at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon with moderate symptoms a few weeks ago but his condition has since deteriorated.
The hospital said the patient is currently hooked-up to a ventilator, a machine that provides breathable air into and out of the lungs.
First published: 09:29, 03.29.20