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Israel: Coronavirus cases surpass 3,800

Country's COVID-19 death toll stands at 12

Mustafa Deveci   | 29.03.2020
Israel: Coronavirus cases surpass 3,800

JERUSALEM 

The number of coronavirus cases in Israel has risen to 3,865 after 249 new cases were recorded over the past 24 hours, the country’s Health Ministry said on Sunday.

A ministry statement said 65 of the patients are in critical condition and 89 have recovered.

Until now, COVID-19 claimed the lives of 12 people in the country.

As part of measures to curb the virus, all schools have been closed in the country, all meetings in public, open or closed areas with more than 10 people have also been banned.

All trading firms except supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and banks have also been closed from March 15.

Tel Aviv also banned the entry of foreign citizens to the country, except for those who have residency in Israel.

After first appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 177 countries and territories, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The data shows over 666,200 cases have been reported worldwide since last December, with the death toll above 30,800 and over 141,700 recoveries.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar

Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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