An Israeli man in his early 20s is in serious condition and on a ventilator after becoming infected with the coronavirus, making him the youngest person to become severely ill from the disease, which has generally more seriously affected older patients, his hospital says.
According to Ashdod’s Assuta Hospital, the man had no preexisting condition before contracting the virus.
“The young man was in home quarantine and after a period of time was brought to the hospital with light symptoms. In recent days, his breathing condition deteriorated and he was treated with an external oxygen mask. However, as his condition worsened in the past few hours, it was decided to anesthetize him and connect him to a ventilator,” the Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital says in a statement.
He is currently being treated in the medical center’s intensive care unit.
UPDATE – At 9: 15, The Health Ministry reports 405 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus from yesterday, bringing Israel’s total to 3,865 patients, with 66 of them in serious condition.
According to the ministry, another 82 are in moderate condition, while the vast majority — 3,616 — have minor symptoms. Another 89 people have recovered fully from the disease.
The ministry says of the 66 people in serious condition, 54 are on ventilators.
Illustrative: Staff and Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv move a patient to a new ward