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Coronavirus ward at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center

Israel's coronavirus count climbs to 4,247, another spike in serious cases

The Health Ministry says 74 patients are in serious condition; among those with serious symptoms is a man in his 20s with no underlying health problems

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Updated: 03.29.20 , 21:46
The number of coronavirus cases in Israel leaped by an additional 382 new cases since the morning hours, bringing the country's total to 4,247, health officials reported Sunday evening. There has been a 37% increase in the number of patients with serious symptoms, bringing their number to 74.
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    מחלקה בידוד קורונה מחלקה בידוד קורונה
    Coronavirus ward at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center
    (Photo: Rambam Medical Center)
    According to the Health Ministry, 59 patients are receiving respiratory assistance, another 82 remain in moderate condition and 3,944 have light symptoms. At least 139 Israelis have recovered from the illness so far.
    Five-hundred patients were hospitalized, 2,100 are being treated at home, 551 patients are being treated at hotels requisitioned by the Defense Ministry to treat COVID-19 patients, and 949 are still waiting for a decision.
    The latest new data shows an increase of 628 new COVID-19 cases since the morning hours.
    Many of the seriously ill come from ultra-Orthodox communities, prompting police to announce they will increase enforcement of government's regulations in the affected areas.
    מעצר של חרדים במאה שערים בעקבות התנגדותם לסגירת עסקיםמעצר של חרדים במאה שערים בעקבות התנגדותם לסגירת עסקים
    Police clash with an ultra-Orthodox crowd over coronavirus restrictions
    (Photo: Kol Haolam)
    Among those currently hospitalized in serious condition is a 22-year-old man with no underlying health conditions.
    The man is hospitalized at Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital in southern Israel. He is sedated and is given artificial respiratory assistance, but doctors report his condition has improved slightly.
    The young man was initially hospitalized with light symptoms but over the past few days, he had developed breathing difficulties and his condition worsened.
    "This morning, the patient's respiratory problems became worse, requiring full respiratory support,” said Doctor Meir Ami, 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.”
    הכנת מתקן אשפוז חולי קורונה בית חולים אסותא אשדודהכנת מתקן אשפוז חולי קורונה בית חולים אסותא אשדוד
    Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital
    (Photo: AFP)
    In addition, a 45-year-old man with no underlying health conditions was also hospitalized in 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 being given respiratory assistance, providing breathable air into and out of his lungs.
    First published: 21:33 , 03.29.20
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