הפארק הלאומי רמת גן נגיף קורונה
Ramat Gan National Park filled with people on Saturday afternoon
צילום: אביבה רוזן
Ramat Gan National Park filled with people on Saturday afternoon

Health officials threaten 'stricter virus measures' if orders are ignored

The Health Ministry's statement comes after hundreds of Israelis defy the lockdown and flock to beaches and parks; meanwhile, Israel's first coronavirus-related fatality named as Ariyeh Ibn, a Holocaust survivor from J'lem

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Published: 03.21.20 , 17:11
The Health Ministry on Saturday warned if Israelis continue to defy the stay-at-home orders, it would have to tighten the already strict measures meant to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
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  • Earlier, the Health Ministry reported that another 178 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Israel over the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total to 833.
    (Israelis swarm the beaches defying directives of health officials)


    "The Health Ministry advises the public to stay at home - the beautiful weather is not a reason to go outside," said the ministry in a statement.
    The remarks come shortly after images emerged showing hundreds of Israelis swarming beaches and parks on Saturday afternoon. One video showed police officers ordering anyone "who is not supposed to be outside" to go home.
    הפארק הלאומי רמת גן נגיף קורונההפארק הלאומי רמת גן נגיף קורונה
    Ramat Gan National Park filled with people on Saturday afternoon
    (צילום: אביבה רוזן)
    “Don't leave your home," said Director General, Ministry of Health, Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov said. "Follow the Health Ministry's guidelines, otherwise we will find ourselves with a significant outbreak.
    "I call on the public to stay home, whoever has gone out, please return home.”
    התקהלות אנשים בפארק הירקון בתל אביבהתקהלות אנשים בפארק הירקון בתל אביב
    A group of people play basketball in Tel Aviv
    On Friday, Israel recorded its first ever COVID-19 related death.
    The 88-year-old man, who had a serious underlying health condition, was named as Ariyeh Ibn.
    אריה אבן שמת מקורונהאריה אבן שמת מקורונה
    Ariyeh Ibn
    Ibn, a Holocaust survivor, contracted COVID-19 at an assisted living facility in Jerusalem from a social worker, who unknowingly infected several other nursing home residents.
    He passed away at Shaare Zedek Medical Center as a result of complications caused by the virus.
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