מחלקת קורונה בית חולים שיבא תל השומר
Medical staff treating coronavirus patients at Sheba Medical Center, Israel's largest hospital
Photo: AFP
Medical staff treating coronavirus patients at Sheba Medical Center, Israel's largest hospital

COVID-19 claims another 10 lives in Israel

National death toll in pandemic now stands at 1,040; Health Ministry reports 2,299 new diagnoses of the disease since midnight, bringing number of active cases to 29,123; there are 143 patients on ventilators, a record high in the country

Yaron Druckman |
Published: 09.08.20 , 23:02
Another 10 people lost their lives to COVID-19 in Israel since midnight, the Health Ministry said Tuesday night. The country's death toll in the coronavirus pandemic now stands at 1,040.
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  • According to the ministry, there have been 2,299 new cases of the disease in the same time period.
    מחלקת קורונה בית חולים שיבא תל השומרמחלקת קורונה בית חולים שיבא תל השומר
    Medical staff treating coronavirus patients at Sheba Medical Center, Israel's largest hospital
    (Photo: AFP)
    A total of 137,159 people have been infected with the virus in Israel since the start of the pandemic, with 29,123 active cases and 106,996 having recovered.
    There are 454 people in serious condition, including 143 patients on ventilators, a record high in the country.
    The city with the highest number of infections is Jerusalem, with 2,601 current cases. The second-highest number of cases is in Bnei Brak with 872, followed by Ashdod, with 776 cases.
    On Tuesday evening, some 40 locations across Israel were placed under night-time curfew, in a new measure that seeks to stem the spread of the coronavirus in areas with high infection rates.
    Police enforcing the curfew in a Jerusalem neighborhood on Tuesday night Police enforcing the curfew in a Jerusalem neighborhood on Tuesday night
    Police enforcing the curfew in a Jerusalem neighborhood on Tuesday night
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The curfew will be in place between 7pm and 5am for a period of one week and was introduced after Haredi politicians pressured Netanyahu into rejecting a comprehensive plan for stemming the pandemic devised by coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu.
    The ultra-Orthodox leaders rejected the plan on the grounds that it discriminated against their communities, as it called for a full lockdown in areas with high infection rates.
    The areas hardest hit by the virus include many Arab sector communities as well as cities and neighborhoods with a predominately ultra-Orthodox population.

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