Another 148 people have tested positive for coronavirus since the morning hours bringing the total number of infected in Israel to 677, representing the most dramatic rise since the outbreak of the disease, health authorities reported on Thursday.
Also for the first time a condition of a COVID-19 patient in Israel is now officially described as critical. The patient, an 89-year-old woman, was admitted to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem on Thursday evening and her condition has gradually deteriorated.
She is believed to be the oldest coronavirus patient in Israel so far.
The Health Ministry said at least 266 patients are hospitalized, 47 are at hotels turned into recovery centers for COVID-19 patients, while 86 others are being treated at home. At least 264 others are still being evaluated to decide whether they will be treated at a hospital or at home.
Fourteen patients have recovered and have already been released from hospitals. The number represents a welcome increase as three Israelis were found to be free of the pathogen on Thursday and are due to be discharged from hospitals.
The three patients had been hospitalized at Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva and were released in the afternoon hours.
Nevertheless, six patients remain in a serious condition. Thirteen others are in moderate condition and the rest in mild condition.
In the meantime, two internal wards were closed earlier on Thursday at Wolfson Hospital in Holon and Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot after several doctors tested positive for COVID-19.
At least 20 members of staff who worked in proximity with the doctors have already entered a home-quarantine.
First published: 20:22 , 03.19.20