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An Israeli medical team member is cleaning and disinfecting an ambulance at Tel Aviv's Dan Panorama hotel which was turned into quarantine facility in Tel Aviv, on March 26, 2020.

The 16th Israeli to lose his life to the COVID-19 coronavirus Monday was also the youngest victim to succumb so far, a 58-year-old man with underlying medical conditions who died at the Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center south of Tel Aviv.

As of 10 pm Monday (March 30), there were 4,695 Israelis diagnosed with the virus, including 80 people in serious condition.

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The patients include a young man in his 20s hospitalized at Assuta Hospital in Ashdod, and 63 other patients currently on ventilators.

Health Ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman Tov warned in an interview with Kan Reshet Bet that testing is only providing a “partial picture” because at least half of all patients are asymptomatic, and “each test has a false negative rate.” Nearly 6,000 people were tested Sunday.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.