Coronavirus cases in Israel jump to nearly 5,600, death toll rises to 21
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Coronavirus cases in Israel jump to nearly 5,600, death toll rises to 21

Health Ministry figures show largest rise in new cases yet over a 24-hour period; 98-year-old woman dies from virus; 76 patients on ventilators

Magen David Adom paramedics in protective gear put a man suspected of having the coronavirus into an ambulance in the the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, March 31, 2020. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Magen David Adom paramedics in protective gear put a man suspected of having the coronavirus into an ambulance in the the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, March 31, 2020. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

The Health Ministry on Wednesday raised the tally of people infected with the coronavirus to 5,591 as Israel recorded its largest single-day jump yet in new cases.

There was also another death from the virus overnight, bringing the number of dead in the country from COVID-19 to 21.

The ministry data showed 233 new cases since Tuesday night and 760 in the last 24 hours. The previous high for a 24-hour period was the 663 new cases recorded between Monday and Tuesday evenings, 527 of which were included in the latest Health Ministry tally.

There were 97 people in serious condition, three more than the previous night, with 76 of them attached to ventilators.

Another 118 people were in moderate condition and the rest had mild symptoms. So far, 226 Israelis have recovered from the virus.

Workers in protective gear disinfect the Western Wall on March 31, 2020. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)

The latest fatality was a 98-year-old woman who was hospitalized at Soroka Medical Center in the southern city of Beersheba.

She had a number of “serious and complex” preexisting medical conditions, the hospital said.

There were no immediate details on her identity.

According to the Ynet news site, the woman was a resident of the Mishan assisted living facility in Beersheba, where 14 residents have been infected with the virus.

Another 21 residents were in quarantine at the facility, according to the website.

Last week, a 93-year-old resident died hours after testing positive for the virus.

A Magen David Adom paramedic tests a woman for the coronavirus at drive-thru testing site in the northern city of Tamra on March 31, 2020. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

There were five deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, including a 49-year-old single mother, the youngest person to die in Israel from the coronavirus.

Israel has been implementing increasingly stringent measures to thwart the spread of the virus, with citizens generally required to stay home, and was mulling placing a cordon around the predominantly ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, which has the highest infection rate in the country.

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