Israel confirms 16th fatality due to coronavirus; cases rise to 4,347

Some 80 Israelis were in serious condition due to the disease


Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Monday updated figures on patients infected with the coronavirus, raising the tally to at least 4,347 cases.

The ministry later announced shortly past noon that the country suffered its 16th fatality. A 58-year-old man with “very significant existing conditions” died after being admitted to Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center in central Israel late Sunday.

The identity of the man has not been released, but the hospital said that the man is the youngest person to die from the coronavirus in the country so far.

Some 80 Israelis were in serious condition, including a man in his 20s hospitalized at Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital.

The country’s death toll remained steady at 15 as of Monday morning. The latest fatality was identified as 84-year-old Rosa Sherman, hospitalized in Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. She was Israel’s third death on Sunday.

Victim number 13 was reported to be a 92-year-old man, who died in a Jerusalem hospital from virus-related complications.

At least 89 Israeli citizens have recovered from the disease.

Over the weekend, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed enforcing tighter restrictions on the Israeli public to contain the virus.

Following a Friday meeting with Finance, Defense and Health Ministers, Netanyahu said that a full shutdown of the country was inevitable, unless the coming two days showed a decline in infection rate.

Israel’s unemployment rate stands at 22.15% as of Sunday morning, according to Israel Employment Services. A total of 32,577 people filed for unemployment over the last two days and 764,165 have enrolled since the beginning of March.