Another three coronavirus patients have died from complications related to COVID-19, bringing Israel’s death toll to eight, health officials confirmed Wednesday. The number of overall cases, meanwhile, currently stands at 2,666.
Of the latest cases number, 39 patients are in serious condition, 68 in moderate and 2,483 have light symptoms. At least 68 people have recovered from the illness.
There are 432 people in hospital, 1,261 are being treated at home, 325 are being treated in a specially designated hotel and 573 are awaiting a decision on how they will be treated.
The Health Ministry said one of the latest victims is a 91-year-old woman with underlying health conditions, who over the past few days had been hospitalized at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.
She might have contracted COVID-19 from her daughter, who works as a nurse in the hospital and who is currently in a home-quarantine, but it’s impossible to trace back the precise point of infection.
“The staff in the unit fought for her life day and night with great dedication,” said the hospital in a statement. “We express our condolences to the family members, who have been notified about [the death].”
Another fatality is an 83-year-old man with underlying health conditions who was hospitalized at the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center Bnei Brak. Doctors at the hospital said he had been hooked-up to a ventilator for the past 10 days and passed away on Thursday morning.
The third victim was hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.
On Tuesday and Wednesday four coronavirus patients had died in a matter of hours from complications related to the virus.
One of the two latest fatalities is Moshe Halel, 76, a resident of Yehud, a city in central Israel. He suffered from serious underlying health conditions.
He was hospitalized on Monday at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer in an intensive case unite dedicated to COVID-19 patients. His wife, who also contracted the virus, has also been hospitalized.
The second victim is a 87-year-old man from Petah Tikva who was admitted on Tuesday evening to the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center Bnei Brak with shortness of breath and pneumonia. Health officials say he also suffered from a heart disease.
He tested positive for coronavirus after he had already passed away. The hospital said he had been wheeled into a unit dedicated to coronavirus patients immediately upon his arrival and passed away five hours later.
On Tuesday evening, an 87-year-old man and an 67-year old woman both died in a matter of hours.
The woman has been named as Malka Keva from the central city of Bat Yam. According to health officials she suffered from a serious underlying health condition.
She also passed away at Wolfson Medical Center where she had been hospitalized in an intensive care unit for several days.
The male victim also suffered from various underlying health conditions including diabetes, dementia and complications from a recent stroke.
He was hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. The man contracted the virus at the same assisted living facility in Jerusalem as the country’s first coronavirus victim, 88-year-old Aryeh Ibn, who passed away last Friday.