Another two people have died from coronavirus-related complications, bringing the number of fatalities in Israel to 14, health officials said Sunday.
Earlier, the Health Ministry confirmed the numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 3,865 people, with at least 66 remaining in a serious condition, among them is a 22-year-old man with no underlying health problems.
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 from complication 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 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.”
First published: 12:14, 03.29.20