Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 173; 150 in Serious Condition

YERUSHALAYIM -
A Magen David Adom medical team member, wearing protective gear, handles a coronavirus test outside a hotel being used as a coronavirus quarantine facility, in Yerushalayim, on Sunday. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

One patient died overnight Sunday from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said Monday morning, with the death toll rising to 173.

The fatality was a 90-year-old woman who was a resident of the Yokra nursing home in Yavniel, the 20th fatality from that facility.

Nearly 40% of all deaths in Israel have been residents of nursing homes.

According to the Health Ministry, the number of virus infections in Israel rose to 13,654, an increase of 289 over the last 24 hours, continuing a general trend which has seen new cases per day fall below 300 for almost a week, which has allowed restrictions to be slightly drawn back.

The ministry said that 150 patients are in serious condition, with 114 of them on ventilators.

3,872 patients have fully recovered.

The ministry said Sunday evening that 10,010 virus tests had been conducted over the past 24 hours, similar to the numbers ahead of the weekend. Test numbers have been hovering at around 7,000-10,000 a day over the past week, as Health Ministry officials want to take at least 10,000 tests a day.