Israel preparing for dramatic increase in Covid-19 patients

A woman wearing a protective face mask and an Orthodox Jewish man pass near the Old City walls in Jerusalem, 25 March 2020. Media reports that Israeli authorities have tightened citizens' movement restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Security forces will secure the streets and try to cut people's traffic as citizens were instructed to stay in homes and only go out for urgent needs. EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN

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The number of people with coronavirus in Israel continues to climb on the first day that a series of new restrictions to stop its spread are in place. As of Thursday morning, 2,495 people have been diagnosed with the virus – 41 in serious condition.

“We are in a situation where the number of sick is doubling every three days,” said Health Ministry Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov on Thursday at the start of the first Knesset Coronavirus Committee meeting, reiterating a similar messages delivered the previous evening by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He estimated that within a week the country will have about 200 severely ill patients.

“This is serious – a matter of days; I don’t like the word lockdown, but we are close to a full closure,” Bar Siman Tov said. “This event is a tsunami that could not have been prepared for.”

The Health Ministry reported that the majority of Israelis have mild cases of the virus: 2,315.

The new number of cases represents a spike of 495 people between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. on Thursday.

Last night, Netanyahu warned that Israel will have no choice but to implement a full closure even within the next few days unless there is an immediate improvement in the trend of the number of people infected with coronavirus.

Read more via The Jerusalem Post

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