Death toll climbs as Israel edges closer to 9,500 corona cases
Israel's recovery-to-death ratio remains extremely high, health officials say. (Photo: Israel Hayom)

Another six COVID-19 patients succumbed to the virus overnight Tuesday, bringing Israel's total death toll from the pandemic to 71 as of mid-day Wednesday. A 97-year-old man who died at Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba was the 24th corona fatality to have contracted the virus at a nursing home.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel hit 9,404 on Wednesday, with 147 in serious condition. Of the patients in serious condition, 122 are on ventilators. Another 199 are listed in moderate condition.

Israel's recovery-to-death ratio remains extremely high, with 801 Israelis having recovered from the virus compared to 71 who have died from it so far.

The vast majority of the current patients, 8,075, have light cases of the virus, with 704 being treated at dedicated convalescent facilities and 5,967 receiving treatment at home.

On Tuesday, the Health Ministry announced that Israel has signed a NIS 90 million ($25 million) deal with Chinese firm BGI to procure equipment that will allow it to increase its daily capacity to perform coronavirus tests to at least 10,000.

As part of its efforts to curb the pandemic, the government has imposed a nationwide lockdown over the Passover holiday.

The cabinet also approved a temporary curfew that will begin on Wednesday from 3 p.m. and last until Thursday morning for all Jewish communities. The curfew restricts movement that goes beyond 100 meters (330 feet) from one's home, except under life-and-death situations and other emergencies that meet the well-defined exceptions.

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