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Israel announces 4th, 5th deaths in pandemic; 2,030 diagnosed with coronavirus

The Health Ministry on Wednesday morning said that five people have now died in Israel in the coronavirus pandemic.

The Health Ministry also announced that the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in Israel is now 2,030.

According to the ministry, 37 people with COVID-19 are in serious condition, and 54 are in moderate condition. Another 1,876 people have mild symptoms.

There have now been 58 Israelis who have recovered from the virus.

Of those who are infected, 203 are being treated in hospitals, 927 are at home and 203 are in hotels that have been repurposed as coronavirus wards.

The rise in cases has come alongside a boost in the number of tests for the virus, with 5,067 people tested between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning. On Tuesday morning the ministry said it had tested 3,743 in the previous 24-hour period.

Over 63,000 Israelis are in quarantine, down from nearly 75,000 reported Monday. In total, over 140,000 have spent time in self-isolation.

Israel is in 20th place on a list of cases by countries hit by the virus, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University virus website, which collates information on the global outbreak. China remains at the top, followed by Italy, the US, and Spain.

Israel on Wednesday was set to announce drastic new restrictions on public movement it hopes will help stanch the spread of the virus, though policy experts expect any effect to only be seen in 10 days or more.

Israeli officials approved the new restrictions to stem the outbreak in the early hours of Wednesday morning after some six hours of deliberations.