Israel's death toll in the coronavirus outbreak reached 79 on Thursday morning, as the curfew on Israel, put in place to combat the spread of the disease during the Jewish holiday of Passover, was lifted.
Among the latest casualties was an 86-year-old man died of coronavirus-related complications Thursday morning at Tiberias' Baruch Padeh Medical Center, making him Israel's 74th victim of the deadly pathogen. The patient is the fourth tenant of a Yavne'el nursing home to have died of COVID-19.
The hospital reported that the patient suffered from many underlying health conditions.
Another casualty was a 90-year-old woman who passed away from coronavirus at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba. The patient's condition deteriorated on Saturday and was critical until her passing Thursday morning.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Israel increased from 9,404 on Wednesday evening to 9,775 Thursday morning.
Of that number, 165 people were in serious condition, including 119 patients receiving respiratory assistance.
Another 171 people were in moderate condition and the rest showed mild symptoms of the disease.
So far, 864 people in Israel have made a full recovery.
As part of its efforts to stem the spread of the virus, Israel went into a nationwide lockdown Tuesday evening until Friday morning, aiming to avoid large family gatherings despite strict regulations.
In order to reinforce this policy, most of the country was under curfew between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, to prevent people from giving in to the temptation to visit family and friends on the first night of the festival.
The nationwide lockdown essentially prevents most Israelis from leaving the municipal boundaries of their own cities, although they are allowed to shop for essential supplies in stores closest to their homes.