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Likud’s MK David Bitan, sick with COVID-19, put back into intensive care

Sheba Medical Center says lawmaker needs medication that requires supervision, will return to regular ward later

Likud MK David Bitan attends a meeting of the Central Elections Committee at the Knesset on March 5, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Likud MK David Bitan attends a meeting of the Central Elections Committee at the Knesset on March 5, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Likud MK David Bitan, who has been ill for a month with COVID-19, was put back into intensive care Tuesday to receive special treatment, the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer said.

The development came after last week the lawmaker’s condition improved and he was taken off a machine that was assisting his heart and lungs.

A joint statement from the hospital and Bitan’s family said “MK Bitan was transferred to the intensive care unit due to medication that he needs and that requires supervision.”

“Aside from this, the process of recovery continues and it seems he will be returned to the regular ward at the end of the treatment,” the statement said.

Last week a spokesperson for the lawmaker said there had been a “significant” improvement in his condition.

Bitan was hospitalized a month ago when his oxygen levels fell, days after it was revealed that he had contracted the coronavirus.

According to Channel 12 news, Bitan continued to meet with people prior to his diagnosis despite feeling unwell and suffering from a cough. Around 30 people were reportedly forced to quarantine as a result of the MK not following the directive to stay home when feeling unwell.

Bitan is among a handful of lawmakers and ministers who have contracted the virus, including then-health minister Yaakov Litzman, Immigration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata, Joint List leader Ayman Odeh, Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel, Jerusalem Affairs Minister Rafi Peretz, Deputy Interior Minister Yoav Ben-Tzur, MK Yinon Azoulay, MK Yisrael Eichler, and MK Hila Shay-Vazan.

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