Jerusalem neighbourhoods placed in Coronavirus lockdown, chloroquine arrives in Israel

April 12, 2020 by TPS
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The Israeli government voted on Saturday evening to place several Ultra-Orthodox neighbourhoods in Jerusalem under a full closure and curfew in an effort to stem the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

Orthodox Jews in Measharim

All movement in the neighbourhoods is banned except for exiting for permitted work, essential medical care, the funeral of a first-degree family member, transfer of a minor between divorced parents, legal process and any other essential pre-authorized needs.

The Ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak remained under a complete closure on Sunday after the city had emerged as an epicentre for the outbreak of Coronavirus. A third of those tested for the virus in the city tested positive.

The IDF streamed forces into the city and they engaged in maintaining order and providing humanitarian assistance.

A total count of patients in Israel shows that one in every seven patients is Ultra-Orthodox.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri warned last week at the Knesset that the Coronavirus infection rate in some Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jerusalem neighbourhoods is even higher than in the city of Bnei Brak, and the main problem in the Haredi communities is that not enough tests have been administered.

All Israelis are required from Sunday to wear a nose and mouth mask in public, another measure to stop the spread of the virus.

In the meantime, three shipments from three countries landed on Sunday morning in Israel with needed medical equipment and some 2.4 million chloroquine pills.

The shipments, which were brought by the procurement command centre led by Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, include 2.5 tons of anesthetics from Italy, 2.4 million pills of chloroquine from India, an experimental anti-coronavirus drug, and millions of protective equipment components, including masks and coveralls, from China.

As a result of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a shipment left India several days ago including tons of raw materials for producing chloroquine.

“Netanyahu thanks Indian Prime Minister Modi for especially approving the shipment,” his office stated.

The Ministry of Health updated Sunday morning that the number of Coronavirus patients in Israel was registered at 10,878.

123 of the patients are on respirators, another 51 are in serious condition, and 155 are in moderate condition. 1,388 Israelis have recovered from the virus.

One person died of the virus overnight, bringing the total number of Coronavirus casualties in Israel to 102.

Most of the Corona casualties were elderly people with previous illnesses. 30 per cent of them were infected in old age homes.

The novel Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 210countries around the world.

At least 1,780,700 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, including at least 109,000 deaths. Some 405,000 have recovered.



3 Responses to “Jerusalem neighbourhoods placed in Coronavirus lockdown, chloroquine arrives in Israel”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    Victoria Police closed down an Orthodox meetings last week in Elstenwick, Australia, too as it breached covid-19 health orders.

  2. Dr. Rodney Gouttman says:

    109 deaths perhaps though the toll sadly is a moving feast.

  3. Rabbi Chaim Ingram OAM says:

    A news report in the Times of Israel dated 8th Sept 2019 estimates the percentage of Charedim in Israel to the general population as 12 per cent. So the “one in seven patients…Ultra-Orthodox” is about what one would expect. Why then is this statistic trumpeted as though the numbers of Charedim with Covid-19 were out of all proportion?

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