5 deaths among Israelís 2,000 cases

ISRAELíS death toll from coronavirus stood at five as cases rose to 2,495 yesterday.

The latest two victims ó a man aged 76 and a woman, 67, with underlying health conditions ó died on Tuesday from complications associated with the disease.

The woman ó Malka Keva, of Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv ó died in Wolfson Hospital, Holon.

The man, who died in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, lived in the same Migdal Nofim assisted living facility in Jerusalemís Kiryat Hayovel area as Israelís first coronavirus victim ó 88-year-old Aryeh Even, who had pre-existing conditions and died last Friday.

Mr Even had been in the quarantine unit at Jerusalemís Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, having arrived in severe condition.

A few days later, he suffered from cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated, but his condition later worsened. He was buried at night with mourners standing six feet apart and funeral workers wearing Hazmat gear.

Mr Even was originally from Hungary and was able to rebuild his life in Israel, his grandson, Maor, told the newspaper Maariv.

He is survived by four children, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Six other seniors from the same facility also contracted coronavirus.

After a social worker at Migdal Nofim was diagnosed with the virus, the contagion spread through the facility.

All residents are in isolation in their apartments.

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