1 in 100 ultra-Orthodox Israelis over 60 have died of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, 1 of 100 Haredim over 60, and 1 in 140 Arab Israelis over 60, have died of COVID-19, according to an expert.

Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, says that among the general public — excluding Haredim and Arabs — 1 in 350 people over 60 have died of the disease.

“If the infection rates in the general public were like those in the Haredi community, it could have ended with 7,600 additional deaths, as compared to today, in the general public among those 60 and older,” he tweets.

He notes that 93 percent of coronavirus deaths in Israel were among those above 60.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend a funeral in Jerusalem, October 12, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed