The household of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who tested COVID-19 positive, has updated that during last night (Thursday) and this morning, Rabbi Kanievsky’s temperature increased.
According to the official announcement, the Rabbi’s doctors explain that he is experiencing the “second and most dangerous stage of the coronavirus disease”.
Kanievsky is a hugely influential leader of the non-Hasidic Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox community in Israel, with hundreds of thousands of followers.
מחול השמועות ברחוב החרדי לא עוצר. בבית הרב קנייבסקי מפרסמים תמונה של הרב מלפני זמן קצר pic.twitter.com/mcowrp6eUl
— אהרן רבינוביץ (@AronRabino1) October 9, 2020
According to the household, the Rabbi is feeling good and continuing with his daily routine.
The Rabbi’s family requests that the public pray for him, his full Hebrew name is: Harav Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim ben Pasha Miriam.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli lawmakers issued statements wishing the rabbi a speedy recovery.
“I join the mass prayers of the people of Israel for the health of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky,” Netanyahu tweeted.
Kanievsky was diagnosed with the virus just two days after the Haaretz daily reported that he violated quarantine, hosting visitors at his home in Bnei Brak following Yom Kippur, despite being required to self-isolate due to his exposure to a confirmed coronavirus carrier.
Criticism of the ultra-Orthodox community has been growing in recent weeks. Though many in the community are keeping to guidelines, a significant number are disregarding lockdown restrictions during the Sukkot holiday, including by continuing to host mass gatherings.