Deputy Minister: Israel in ‘Second and More Dangerous’ Wave of COVID-19 Infections

David Bitan and Yoav Kish in the Knesset State Control Committee, following the publication of the State Controller's Report on 2014 Operation Protective Edge (Zuk Eitan). Jerusalem, Apr 19, 2017. Photo by Hillel Maeir/TPS *** Local Caption *** ראש הממשלה בועדה לביקורת המדינה בעניין מבצע צוק איתן יואב קיש דוד ביתן
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By: Aryeh Savir

Israel is in the midst of a second and more dangerous wave of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, Deputy Minister of Health Yoav Kish warned.

Kish addressed the Knesset’s special Corona Committee and noted that during the first wave of infections earlier this year there were about 10,000 patients, and Israel is now contending with over 11,000 active patients.

“We are in a long war of attrition. The percentage of confirmed patients registered a sharp increase from half a percent in mid-May to five percent of all tests today. We have doubled the number of patients in 10 days, there is a greater number of new patients,” he stated.

“We are experiencing a spreading of morbidity throughout the country” and “must work significantly to limit mass social events” including prayer in synagogues, he added.

In the four first days of July, Israel has already documented 40% of the number of patients it did in all of the month of June, and “we may end the month with 300-400 severely ill patient,” he warned.

New limitations on gatherings at public venues went into effect over the weekend but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that this was not enough to stem the spread of the virus.

“We must do what is required. Therefore, in the coming day, we will need another government meeting to make the necessary decisions in both practical and legislative steps,” he stated at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday.

The Ministry of Health updated Sunday morning that 16,342 tests were performed in the past 24 hours, and 803 people tested positive.

There are 11,189 active patients in Israel, including 86 in serious condition, of them 29 are on life support.

Since the beginning of the outbreak in the country, 29,366 people have been diagnosed with the virus and 17, 847 people have recovered. 330 have died. (TPS)




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