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TV: Almost half of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are ultra-Orthodox

Channel 12, citing unofficial sources, say nearly half of those hospitalized in intensive care for COVID-19 are members of the ultra-Orthodox community (though the community accounts for only some 10 percent of Israelis).

That includes 50% at the Schneider Medical Center; 60% in the ICU at the Sheba Medical Center; 50%-60% at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center; and 40% at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem, according to the network.

Government officials are weighing a possible full closure in Haredi areas, and weighing setting up more quarantine centers for mild cases in the ultra-Orthodox community to prevent outbreaks within large families.

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman (UTJ) is demanding that the haredi city of Bnei Brak be placed under lockdown. Channel 12 News reports that Litzman has pledged that he will obtain the support for this move from the city’s rabbis and mayor.

The Health Ministry says 4,247 people are infected with the novel coronavirus, including 74 in serious condition.

Of the serious cases, 59 are attached to ventilators, it says.

There have been 15 deaths from the virus.

Header: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men looks at “Pashkvil”- information poster about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the neighborhood of Meah Shearim, Jerusalem, on March 27, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)