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Number of coronavirus patients in Israel passes 1,000 as 126 more diagnosed

The Health Ministry on Sunday evening announced that Israel’s coronavirus cases had topped 1,000, adding 126 cases to the morning’s tally.

The country now has 1,071 official cases of COVID-19, including one death and 18 patients in serious condition, the ministry said.

The number of serious cases marked a drop from Sunday morning’s figures, which had listed 20 such patients.

The ministry added that 30 people were in moderate condition, 37 had recovered — meaning no patients recovered on Sunday — and the rest had mild symptoms.

The 126 new cases showed a modest slowdown after Israel had seen numbers spike from 529 to 877 in two days, from Thursday morning to Saturday morning.

The Health Ministry said Thursday that it had ramped up to around 2,000 tests a day, but has not released any figures for the number of tests run since then. The Magen David Adom emergency Service said Saturday it collected some 3,700 swab samples for testing over the weekend, but it was unclear how many were run for tests in labs.

Israel’s first fatality from the virus, 88-year-old Holocaust survivor Aryeh Even, was buried overnight in a funeral service that was capped at 20 mourners. All present were required to stand at a two-meter (6.5 ft) distance from one another, according to Channel 12.

Ministers late Saturday night updated emergency regulations, which came into effect on Sunday at 8 a.m. for the next seven days, aimed at keeping Israelis at home and to be enforced by police.

Header: A Magen David Adom worker at a drive-through site to collect samples for coronavirus testing, Tel Aviv, March 20, 2020. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)