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Virus toll rises by 37; Netanyahu says he’ll push heavy fines for rule violators

Cases continue decline with 692 on Friday; 552 people are in serious condition; death toll stands at 2,336

Israelis perform tests for the coronavirus at a Maccabi Health Services test center, in Ramle. October 5, 2020. (Yossi Aloni/FLASH90)
Israelis perform tests for the coronavirus at a Maccabi Health Services test center, in Ramle. October 5, 2020. (Yossi Aloni/FLASH90)

As coronavirus infection rates around the country continued to fall, the trailing effects of the virus were still taking their toll over the weekend. Saturday saw an additional 37 new COVID-19 fatalities added to the national count, which now stands at 2,366.

It appeared that some of the deaths may have been added retroactively, with the Health Ministry saying only nine people had died of the virus on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday he intended to push for heavy fines Sunday for violations of health regulations. Israeli officials have expressed fear that recent achievements in bringing down infection rates could be set back by a lack of public adherence to rules as lockdown measures are eased. The past week saw many ultra-Orthodox schools open illegally and reports of renewed weddings in the Arab community despite a ban on mass gatherings.

According to Health Ministry figures, the number of active cases declined to 15,876, out of 309,374 infections confirmed since the pandemic began. There were 552 people in serious condition, with 218 of them on ventilators. Another 158 were in moderate condition and the rest had mild or no symptoms.

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