A 37-year-old man has passed away at Petah Tikva's Rabin Medical Center on Tuesday due to complications of coronavirus, making him Israel's youngest victim of the deadly pathogen so far.
According to the hospital, the patient suffered from severe underlying health conditions and received respiratory assistance in the last week.
Three more people have passed away due to complications of COVID-19 on Tuesday - a 95-year-old woman with severe underlying health conditions at HaEmek Medical Center and three more patients at Yitzhak Rabin Medical Center, Wolfson Hospital and Dorot Medical Center. This brings the country's death toll from coronavirus to 65.
Health officials reported Tuesday evening there are 9,248 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Israel, 344 more since Monday evening's report.
This is the lowest daily increase in number of confirmed patients since March 27.
Among the lastest numbers are 149 patients are in serious condition, including 117 patients receiving respiratory support and 189 people remain in moderate condition. Another 8,075 people have mild symptoms and 770 have made a full recovery.
Hospitals are treating 725 patients, while 5,967 people are fighting the virus at home. Another 704 people are currently in specially designated hotels and 1,017 are awaiting a decision on whether they will be treated.
These new figures show that the number of confirmed cases in Israel has more than doubled in the last 8 days, as this number stood at 4,695 confirmed cases on March 31. The number of fatalities has more than tripled, from 20 dead on March 31 to 65 on April 7.
A nationwide lockdown to last for the first few days of Passover has come into effect in Israel on Tuesday.
The lockdown, which was voted by the government on Tuesday, came into effect at 7pm of that day and will include a curfew from 3pm Wednesday until 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 would be allowed to shop for essential supplies in their communities close to their homes.
This is in contrast to the current guidelines that allow the public to stock up on food and medicine in stores and pharmacies, which might not be closest to their place of residence.