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Israel receives first shipment of apparently effective coronavirus drug

Israel Monday received the first shipment of Avigan, an antiviral drug developed by the Japanese company Toyama Chemical which was found to be effective against the coronavirus, for further testing on patients in the country’s hospitals.

As of Monday afternoon, 56 people have died in Israel from complications related to coronavirus.

The Health Ministry earlier reported the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Israel currently stands at 8,649. Health authorities said there has been a rise of 760 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours.

Health Ministry says five people have succumbed to COVID-19 since Monday morning, including a woman who became the seventh resident of Be’er Sheva nursing home to die of virus.