A record number of patients is severe, another 11 died from the Sabbath

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The number of corona patients hospitalized in critical condition increased by 20 to 389 – a negative record in a figure that has the greatest impact on the hospitals’ ability to withstand the load. This is according to data from the Ministry of Health published tonight (Saturday). 106 respiratory patients. Yesterday, 1,753 new Corona carriers were diagnosed. Another 11 patients have died since the beginning of Shabbat. Since the outbreak of the plague, 592 people have died.

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Since Sunday, 1,689 new patients have been diagnosed in Jerusalem, 809 in Bnei Brak, 624 in Modi’in Illit, 385 in Ashdod, 315 in Tel Aviv, 285 in Beit Shemesh, 236 in Netanya, 196 in Elad, 194 in Petah Tikva, 186 in Holon, 163 in Be’er Sheva, 157 in Beitar Illit, 156 In Rehovot, 144 in Yarka, 143 in Taibeh, 135 in Rishon Lezion, 124 in Ashkelon, 112 in Ramat Gan, 108 in Ramla and 100 in Rosh HaAyin.

An MDA man performs a corona test Photo: Shaul Golan

Jerusalem is also the city with the most active patients – 3,700. It is followed by Bnei Brak with 1,879 and then Tel Aviv with 1,131, Modi’in Illit 969, Ashdod 832, Beit Shemesh 646, Petah Tikva 620, Holon 498, Elad 494, Netanya 476, Beer Sheva 466, Rishon Lezion 384, Ashkelon 382, ​​Rehovot 379 , Beitar Illit 376, Ramla 351, Ramat Gan 341, Taibe 338, Qalansawa 301 and Haifa 293.

In the first eight days of August, 75 corona patients died in Israel, ie more than nine patients each day. The peak was last Monday – when, according to the Ministry of Health, 15 patients died. This is a higher mortality rate than it was in July.

The shopping centers opened over the weekend: “We did not understand why they closed”

Restrictions on opening businesses and shopping centers over the weekend were lifted just two weeks after taking effect in accordance with a government decision, and today the large shopping centers opened to the delight of business owners and shoppers, who did not quite understand why the restrictions were imposed on Saturday.

The “Hutsot Hamifratz” shopping center, one of the largest open spaces in the Haifa metropolitan area, was already alive before noon. The vast majority of the shops were open, and stalls were set up along the main boulevard. The stalls operate almost exclusively on weekends and have been closed in recent weeks.

“I’ve been here for a month and a half, and out of them I couldn’t open for three Saturdays,” said Rudy Kassos from Haifa, owner of the Liam Jewelry stand. He previously operated a jewelry store in Kedem Square in Jaffa, but on March 15 was forced to close it due to the plague.

Recall that when eight Prof. Roni Gamzo, the national project manager for the struggle in Corona, was appointed, he declared that he would no longer agree to impose “irrational” restrictions. On Wednesday, he fulfilled his promise when the Corona Cabinet received, as mentioned, its recommendation to lift the restrictions on weekends, as well as the ban on the use of facilities in playgrounds. In a four-hour hearing, Gamzo said “closing businesses on weekends is a joke”.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that “we are taking all possible steps to avoid a closure, but it is clear that if necessary – we will.” Netanyahu added that the intention now is to apply, if necessary, national or local restrictions in a way that will succeed in reducing the spread of the virus.

On the same day, Gamzo warned that “Israel is currently experiencing the highest per capita morbidity in the world, which means that in the long run it is impossible to continue like this. This is to continue the trend of reducing morbidity, “he said.

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