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Israel's coronavirus cases top 12,850

Health Ministry reports 264 new infections, with death toll at 148

Abdel Raouf Arnaout   | 17.04.2020
Israel's coronavirus cases top 12,850


The number of novel coronavirus cases in Israel has risen to 12,855, with 148 deaths, the country’s Health Ministry said Friday.

A total of 148 people have died and 264 more tested positive for the virus, while at least 182 people are in critical condition, said the ministry.

Meanwhile, more than 2,967 have gone on to make a full recovery.

The government has taken several steps to stem the spread of the virus, including closing all educational institutions and banning gatherings of more than 10 people.

All businesses except supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and banks have remained shut since March 15.

The capital Tel Aviv also banned the entry of foreign citizens except those with Israeli residency.

After originating in Wuhan, China last December, COVID-19 has spread to at least 185 countries and regions across the world, with its epicenter shifting to Europe and the U.S.

The pandemic has killed some 146,000 people and infected some 2.16 million, while nearly 550,000 have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the U.S.’ Johns Hopkins University.

*Writing by Mahmoud Mohamed Barakat

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