Israel’s Coronavirus Death Toll Hits 1,500 as 49 Die in 24 Hours

September 29, 2020
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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 | Israel’s coronavirus death toll has reached 1,507 after 49 more patients have died in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry reported on Monday evening.

The ministry said they conducted 25,204 COVID-19 tests on Sunday, with 3,426 of them returning positive. The figures put the contagion rate at 14%.

Testing was limited during Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement], with only 5,900 tests conducted since midnight Monday, of which 826 returned positive.

The number of people in serious condition has increased to 772, of whom 208 are ventilated. Health officials said among the ventilated are a 9-year-old girl and an 18-year-old teenager.

In the meantime, police said that during Yom Kippur, 3,922 people received fines for violating the government orders as part of the nationwide lockdown.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he held a series of talks ahead of Yom Kippur, which focused on how to manage the virus from the moment the lockdown is over until the day a vaccine is available.

Among the proposals are close management of serious patients in an effort to bring the tally down and goals for a gradual exit from the current lockdown.

On Wednesday, the coronavirus cabinet is set to convene to discuss the proposals and “the continuation of the lockdown outline, the criteria for moving to the next stages and additional measures aimed to reduce infection.”

Posted on September 29, 2020

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on September 28, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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