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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