מחלקת קורונה בשיבא
The coronavirus ward at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv
Photo: AFP
The coronavirus ward at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv

Daily new coronavirus case counts exceeds 1,000 for first time

Health officials report 1,107 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24-hour period bringing the number of people ill with the virus to 9,618 and 325 people have died since the outbreak of the pandemic

Adir Yanko |
Updated: 07.03.20 , 10:00
Israeli confirmed coronavirus cases exceeded 1,000 per day for the first time.
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  • On Friday morning, Health officials reported 1,107 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24-hour period bringing the number of people ill with the virus to 9,618.

    מחלקת קורונה בשיבאמחלקת קורונה בשיבא
    The coronavirus ward at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv
    (Photo: AFP)
    325 people have died from coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic.
    There are 70 people hospitalized in serious condition of which 27 are on ventilators.
    Testing has also increased to a record-breaking 24,000 on Thursday with a 4.5% rate of confirmed cases detected.
    מעבדה בדיקה בדיקות קורונה קופת חולים לאומית אור יהודהמעבדה בדיקה בדיקות קורונה קופת חולים לאומית אור יהודה
    A lab testing for coronavirus near Tel Aviv
    (Photo: AFP)
    In the past week, 24 additional COVID-19 patients have become seriously ill and nine have succumbed to the virus
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday reintroduced restrictions on public gatherings as coronavirus continues to rapidly fan out throughout the country including a limit of up to 20 people at closed spaces - such residential homes; and a limit of 50 people at bars, clubs, event halls, and synagogues.
    A decision concerning the opening of restaurants was put off for a later date due to internal disputes between the ministries of health and finance.
    מבלים במסעדות ובפאביםמבלים במסעדות ובפאבים
    A crowded Tel Aviv restaurant after businesses reopened when coronavirus restrictions were lifted
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    Netanyahu said that if Israel wishes to keep the economy going, certain restrictions must be introduced to combat the continued spread of coronavirus.
    "The virus is not gone, it is still here and kicking," said Netanyahu. "I stressed that opening up the economy is contingent on the health guidelines."
    Ministers announced no new restrictions on public transportation and shopping centers since their opening is contingent upon adhering to public health regulations.

    First published: 09:15 , 07.03.20
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