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40 pregnant women hospitalized with COVID; none vaccinated

Sisters, aged 23 and 31, die of COVID 10 days apart after giving birth

Health official urges all pregnant women to get vaccinated after double tragedy; overall coronavirus figures continue to decline, with just 602 people in serious condition

Sisters Shuruq Jubran (R) and Amna Kahwaji who died of coronavirus complications within weeks of each other in March 2021. (Courtesy)
Sisters Shuruq Jubran (R) and Amna Kahwaji who died of coronavirus complications within weeks of each other in March 2021. (Courtesy)

A 23-year-old woman died Monday due to complications from the coronavirus, three weeks after giving birth and less than two weeks after her sister, 31, died of the same cause after her first baby was born.

Shuruq Jubran from the Arab Israeli town of Jisr az-Zarqa in the north had been being treated at Hadera’s Hillel Yaffe Medical Center since giving birth to her first child. She contracted COVID-19 at the end of her pregnancy and was not able to see her daughter after the delivery. The baby, however, was said to be in good condition.

Jubran suffered from heart diseases as a result of the virus, despite having no preexisting conditions.

Her sister, 31-year-old Amna Kahwaji, died just 10 days earlier under nearly identical circumstances. She had given birth to her first child a week earlier, several weeks after contracting the coronavirus.

Mu’awiya Kabha, who leads the Health Ministry’s outreach to Arab communities, told Channel 12 news that the tragic deaths were devastating reminders of how important it is for all pregnant women to get vaccinated.

Army Radio reported Tuesday that a mother had lost her unborn twins due to the coronavirus. She was said to be hospitalized in moderate condition, and had apparently not been vaccinated.

The report said 40 pregnant women are currently hospitalized due to complications of the virus, none of whom are vaccinated.

According to Health Ministry statistics, Israel has been seeing rapid declines in the number of serious COVID-19 cases, the number of daily new cases, the share of daily positive coronavirus tests and the basic reproduction number.

As of Tuesday morning, Israel had 27,040 active cases of the coronavirus, with 602 people in serious condition. The death toll stood at 6,037. The country’s vaccination campaign has so far seen about 5.2 million citizens receive at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, with about 4.3 million also receiving the second. Israel has a population of about 9.3 million people.

Figures also showed that the basic reproduction number, or R0, representing the average number of people each virus carrier infects, had fallen to 0.72 — the lowest point since October.

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