31 Israelis in Serious Condition as Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rise to 1,656

Magen David Adom medical team members, wearing protective gear, are handling a coronavirus test sample at a drive-through site for coronavirus testing samples collection, in Tel Aviv, on Friday. (Flash90)

The Health Ministry on Tuesday morning reported that the number of coronavirus patients jumped by 449 since Monday, bringing the current total to 1,656 patients.

31 of the patients are listed in serious condition, with 47 in moderate condition. Another 49 patients have, baruch Hashem, recovered.

Among those listed in serious condition is a 45-year-old man with no pre-existing conditions.

The Health Ministry also said that over 71,000 people are in quarantine, down from nearly 75,000 reported on Monday. In total, over 135,000 Israelis have been in self-isolation, almost 6,000 more than the number reported on Monday morning, meaning more people are leaving isolation than entering it.

The government is expected to approve a tighter lockdown on Tuesday, due to the continued rise in the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus.

One person has, lo aleinu, passed away of coronavirus in Israel.