Photo Credit: MDA Spokesperson
MDA paramedics helping a Bnei Brak resident out of a dedicated ambulance at a testing site, April 1, 2020.

In the Jewish State, there is not a single death that takes place without the entire country taking notice and grieving the loss; as Israelis succumb to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the nation’s media recount the struggle of each one.

On Wednesday night, Israel’s Health Ministry reported that a
72-year-old man became the 26th man to pass away from the virus. He arrived in critical condition at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center late Tuesday night. He passed away early Wednesday morning.


A 66-year-old man who struggled with a number of underlying medical issues in addition to the virus was the 25th person to lose his fight for life. He was hospitalized at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

A 66-year-old woman with many significant underlying medical issues was the fourth person to die from COVID-19 since the morning hours. She was hospitalized at Sheba Medical Center.

Also during the early hours of the day, a 98-year-old woman hospitalized at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva who was suffering “serious and complicated” underlying health conditions, also had succumbed to the virus.

A 69-year-old woman at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and a 74-year-old man at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon lost their struggles against the virus on Wednesday as well. They, too, both suffered underlying medical conditions.

As of 9 pm Wednesday, the Health Ministry confirmed the total number of Israelis with COVID-19 stood at 6,092, including 95 patients in serious condition, 76 who are currently on ventilators and fighting for their lives.

A leap of 501 new cases were diagnosed within a two-hour span during the evening.

Another 689 people are staying in specially designated hotels for those who have mild cases of the virus, and 637 people are being treated at hospitals.

The two cities with the highest number of cases on Wednesday evening were Jerusalem (925,890 residents) and Bnei Brak (195,298 residents), with 807 and 723 people sick with the virus respectively, according to Israel’s Health Ministry.

The good news: at least 226 Israelis have recovered from the virus.

MDA Transports Bnei Brak Families for COVID-19 Testing
Many thousands of test samples for the corona virus were performed on Wednesday by MDA teams across the country.

Hundreds were among those performed in a mobile complex of Magen David Adom and the Ministry of Health that has been operating on Lehi Street in Bnei Brak for the past two days.

Special MDA ambulances were assigned to transport city residents suffering from symptoms. Individuals, couples and families who do not own a private vehicle were brought by the ambulances to the complex and then returned immediately to their home.

MDA repeated in a statement that those who have symptoms and are able to arrive in a private vehicle to be tested in one of the “Drive Thru ” complexes are asked to do so after receiving an approval from MDA.

Using one’s private vehicle whenever possible will enable MDA teams to reach the homes of citizens who are unable to reach the complex, as quickly as possible.