JERUSALEM, Apr 19 (NNN-MA’AN) – The number of deaths in Israel from COVID-19 rose to 164, after 13 patients died on Saturday, the state’s Ministry of Health said.
This is the highest number of daily deaths in Israel so far, together with Apr 9 and Apr 13, when 13 daily deaths were also recorded.
The total number of cases in Israel reached 13,265, with 283 new patients tested positive on Saturday.
The number of ventilated patients is significantly lower than predicted, as the Israeli government was concerned about exceptional overloads at hospitals and shortage of breathing machines, in case of thousands of ventilated patients.
Earlier, the Israeli government declared the northern Arab towns of Deir al-Assad and Bi’ina as restricted areas due to high infection rate.
According to the ministry, the number of patients in Deir al-Assad, located in the Galilee region, has risen from nine on Apr 14 to 85 on Saturday evening, out of about 12,400 residents.
In the adjacent town of Bi’ina, there are currently 14 patients, out of about 8,300, with only one patient diagnosed before Apr 14.
Entry and exit of the restricted area is limited, in order to maintain public health.– NNN-MA’AN