A top health official told a Knesset panel Thursday that nearly 40 percent of the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak has contracted the coronavirus, a far higher figure than the current number of confirmed cases in the ultra-Orthodox city. However, the dramatic figure was later said to be the result of a calculation error, and Maccabi subsequently indicated it had no definitive statistics. The claim would put the number of sick in Bnei Brak at around 75,, much higher than the confirmed cases there, according to official Health Ministry data. Maccabi is one of four major state-subsidized HMOs, and has a particularly large presence in Bnei Brak. Saar did not elaborate on the data he had to back up his claim, though officials around the world fear that most coronavirus cases go undetected.
Three women – 49, 50 and 90 years old – die of virus, as death toll rises to 18
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A year-old Bnei Brak woman gave birth this week, becoming the oldest woman to give birth in Israel. After fertility treatments abroad and with the help of a donor egg, the woman became pregnant, giving birth to a 2. The hospital stated that the Caesarean section was uneventful and the baby was born healthy. It is extremely rare that pregnancy at this age ends well. Tal Biron, head of obstetrics at Meir Hospital, told Haaretz. Biron birthed the baby and cared for the woman for part of her pregnancy.
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BNEI BRAK, Israel — Ultra-Orthodox Jews failing to comply with government instructions to contain the coronavirus are causing it to spread so quickly that Israeli officials are considering blockading entire communities to protect the wider population. The virus is mushrooming in ultra-Orthodox communities as much as four to eight times faster than elsewhere in Israel. In the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, where 95 percent of the residents are ultra-Orthodox, the number of confirmed cases spiked from on Friday to on Tuesday. The total was nearly that of Jerusalem, whose population is four times bigger. The true dimensions of the epidemic among the ultra-Orthodox can only be estimated because testing is rare.
Two women — one 49 years old, the other 50 — died of the coronavirus on Tuesday morning, becoming the youngest people in Israel to succumb to the disease. The year-old, identified by family as Tamar Peretz-Levi of Lod, suffered from preexisting conditions, according to the Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center in central Israel. Her husband, Shimon, died shortly after their birth of a heart attack. On Tuesday morning, the Health Ministry reported 4, cases of the novel coronavirus, a rise of since the previous evening and in the 24 hours since Monday morning.