מתחם היבדק וסע בבני ברק
Testing for coronavirus
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Testing for coronavirus

90-year-old woman dies of coronavirus; third female fatality since morning hours

Other two victims are 50-year-old mother of three and a 49-year-old widow, the youngest victim so far, who leaves behind 4-year-old twins whose father passed away three years ago

Roee Rubinstein |
Published: 03.31.20 , 15:23
A 90-year-old woman died on Tuesday from coronavirus, bringing the death toll in Israel to 18.
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  • Earlier Tuesday, two more women died: Pazit Babian, aged 50, and 49-year-old Tamar Peretz-Levy, the youngest Israeli fatality thus far.
    מתחם היבדק וסע בבני ברקמתחם היבדק וסע בבני ברק
    Testing for coronavirus
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    Also Tuesday, the Health Ministry confirmed 4,831 cases of coronavirus.
    There are 83 patients described to be in serious condition, another 95 people are in moderate condition and the rest of the cases are showing mild symptoms.
    Since the start of the outbreak in Israel, 163 people have recovered from the virus and sent home.
    Among them is a 38-year-old from East Jerusalem, who had been hospitalized in very serious condition in Tiberias and was released Monday. He is believed to have been infected when driving a group of South Korean pilgrims who also had the virus.
    Hospitals are treating 573 people, 2,580 are being treated at home, and 619 are in hotels dedicated to people confirmed with the disease.
    There are 879 awaiting a decision regarding their treatment.
    Tamar Peretz-Levy worked as an engineer and is survived by her two 4-year-old twins, whose father passed away of a heart attack seven months after their birth. Peretz-Levy's sister-in-law, Yamit, has promised to take care of the children.
    תמר פרץ לויתמר פרץ לוי
    Tamar Peretz-Levy
    Tamar's niece, Mor Smadja, mourned her aunt and told Ynet that no one could initially comprehend how severe Tamar's situation really was.
    "We were sure she was going to make it because she always survives. We are devastated, I'm trying to be there for the twins. We feel like we're being forced to go back to normal," said Samdja.
    "At first, they told her it was just strep throat, but we demanded she gets tested. We didn't think it was going to end this way."
    Pazit Babian was the mother of three daughters. She also had twins, two daughters aged 20, and another girl who is 14.
    פזית בביאןפזית בביאן
    Pazit Babian
    (Photo: Courtesy of the family )
    Her family does not know how she contracted the virus but says she became seriously ill 10 days ago and was the first patient in the coronavirus ICU at Shamir Medical Center near Tel Aviv.
    "She was the pillar of our entire family," said her brother, calling her a kind woman who had always quietly helped others and never wanted to take any credit.
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