Israel’s coronavirus death toll reaches 223, confirmed cases at 16,004

Testing for the coronavirus in the Bedouin community of Hura
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Among Israel’s 16,004 confirmed cases, 8,758 have now been found free of the disease, leaving less than half – a total of 7,023 – who are still battling the virus.
The number of patients receiving respiratory assistance stands on 83, the ministry said, and the number of patients in serious condition remains 105.
Another 82 people are in moderate condition and 6,836 show minor symptoms.
There are currently 322 people being treated in hospitals across the country, while 4,138 are being treated at home and 1,746 people are recovering in specially designated hotels.
A 62-year-old man was reported to have died on Friday from COVID-19 The man was a resident of the Yokra Geriatric Home near Tiberias and was the 21st to die from that facility.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to convene the ministerial committee on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday morning to discuss a proposal to reopen schools for children from first to third grade.
A recommendation issued by the National Security Council states schools should remain closed for at least an additional week after Health Ministry guidelines for the safe reopening of educational institutions have not yet been issued.