A 29-year-old woman who was suffering from a terminal illness died Sunday in Jerusalem of complications from COVID-19, making her the youngest person to die of the coronavirus in Israel.
The young woman had been in a coma and on a ventilator at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Kerem since contracting the disease. The hospital remained in full contact with her family as they were unable to visit her in the hospital due to contagious nature of the virus.
The Health Ministry said Sunday that Israel's coronavirus death toll had reached 173, an increase of 15 in 24 hours.
The latest victims of the disease also include 71-year-old man, who passed away Sunday morning at Poriya Medical Center in Tiberias. The hospital said the patient suffered from multiple health issues.
He was hospitalized on April 15 from Nof Tiberias nursing home and is the facility's second resident to succumb to the coronavirus. Another six of its residents have been taken to hospitals in Tel Aviv for further treatment,
Poriya also said that a 85-year-old woman from Afula succumbed to the virus in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Laniado Hospital in Netanya said one its patients, a 96-year-old man who had been transferred from the Dorot Geriatric Center in the city, also passed away overnight.
In the northern community of Yavniel, Yokra nursing home also announced that two of its residents succumbed to the virus overnight, bringing its total number of COVID-19 fatalities.
So far, 64 people from 14 nursing homes and sheltered housing complexes have died in Israel due to the coronavirus.
In Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Kerem, a 76-year-old patient who suffered underlying illnesses passed away Sunday in the hospital’s dedicated coronavirus ICU with her family at her side.
The hospital also said Sunday that two patients who had been sedated and on ventilators had been taken off the respiratory aid as their conditions stabilized.
There has also been an overall drop in the number of coronavirus patients on ventilators in hospitals across the country.
Statistics show that there has been a drop of 9 ventilated patients compared to Saturday’s figures - the lowest number in nearly two weeks.
As of Sunday morning, the number of people in Israel infected with the virus stood at 13,362, with 156 patients in serious condition, of whom 109 required respiratory aid. The number of people recovering from the disease has risen to 3,564.
There has been a drop of 11 of the number of patients in serious condition and while there was an 1.95% increase in positive diagnoses compared to Saturday, the number of recovering patients is now greater than the number of newly diagnosed.