Israel sees 840 new coronavirus infections, three fatalities

New diagnoses mark significant downturn since day before, which saw record high of 1,464 positive tests; death toll reaches 351; 130 COVID-19 patients now in serious condition, with 42 people on ventilators

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The Health Ministry said Friday evening that three people have died as a result of the coronavirus since Thursday midnight, bringing the number of COVID-19 fatalities in Israel to 351.
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  • A total of 840 people also tested positive for the disease Friday, with 130 patients currently in serious condition - a rise of eight since Thursday - including 42 people on ventilators.
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    A medical team at Ziv Hospital in the northern city of Safed carries out a simulation ahead of the re-opening its coronavirus ward, July 9 2020
    A medical team at Ziv Hospital in the northern city of Safed carries out a simulation ahead of the re-opening its coronavirus ward, July 9 2020
    A medical team at Ziv Hospital in the northern city of Safed carries out a simulation ahead of the re-opening its coronavirus ward, July 9 2020
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    The new figures show a drop-off in coronavirus patients since Thursday, when Israel recorded 1,464 new cases, a record high in the daily infection rate.
    Israel has seen a total of 36,266 confirmed cases of the virus since the pandemic reached Israel in mid-March. Of that number, 17,302 are currently fighting the pathogen.
    Israel has seen a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases since the start of June after a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions that had paralyzed the country, leading to a devastating impact on the economy and over a million jobs lost.
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    Police implement a lockdown in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Romema
    (Photo: Yoav Dudkevitch)
    As a result, the government announced that starting from Friday, lockdowns would be reimposed in hot spot areas of five cities across the country, including Jerusalem, Beit-Shemesh, Lod, Ramle and Kiryat Malachi.
    As Israel continues to grapple with the apparent resurgence of COVID-19, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday unveiled a new economic assistance plan worth an estimated NIS 70 billion ($20.3 billion) aimed at helping small business owners and the self-employed, as well as those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

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