COVID-19 cases in Israel surpass 15,000

The number of coronavirus patients in Israel has reached 15,058 after 255 new patients were added on Friday, the state’s Ministry of Health said.

According to the ministry, the number of death cases rose from 192 to 194, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 139 to 137 out of 409 patients currently hospitalized.

Also, the number of recoveries in Israel reached 6,003, after 392 patients were tested negative on Friday.

Earlier on Friday, the Israeli government declared several neighborhoods in the cities of Netivot in southern Israel and Beit Shemesh near Jerusalem restricted areas because of the high infection rate of COVID-19.

The restrictions, which will start on Sunday morning, were imposed under emergency regulations.

Residents of restricted areas will be allowed to leave only for essential medical care, legal proceedings or a funeral of a close family member.