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Israel passes 4,500 COVID deaths, officials said stumped by high case count

Israel passes 4,500 deaths from COVID-19, with the national death toll standing at 4,501 as of this evening. Yesterday saw 74 more people die of the disease.

According to a Channel 12 News report, health officials are surprised by the dire state of morbidity after more than two weeks of tightened lockdown — with over 8,600 new cases diagnosed yesterday — having hoped for better news thanks to the restrictions.

Officials do not see a possibility of reopening schools or businesses under the current conditions.

Israeli police enforcing lockdown restrictions in Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv, January 25, 2021. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
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