Photo Credit: Hadassah Medical Center
Firefighters disinfect the entrance of the emergency of Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem on March 22, 2020.

In the sharpest spike in a single day, the number of Israelis with the COVID-19 coronavirus skyrocketed by 663 cases on Tuesday to a total of 5,358 people with the illness.

That figure included 76 critically ill patients currently on ventilators, and eight others in serious condition.

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Five people died the same day: three women – including a 49-year-old widowed mother of four-year-old twins from Lod, a 50-year-old from Rishon Lezion and a 90-year-old woman with underlying health issues in Rehovot – and two men, one in his 90s and the other, who had underlying medical issues, in his 70s, treated in Holon and Ashdod respectively.

A total of 20 people have died from the virus in the Jewish State.

On the bright side, 224 patients have recovered from the virus.

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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.