Israel’s Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 100, Including Former Chief Rabbi Bakshi-Doron

As the highly contagious coronavirus spreads around the world, Israel and the Palestinians struggle to contain a local outbreak that has virtually halted daily life and led to tens of thousands of people entering quarantine.

■ 11,235 Israelis have so far tested positive for the coronavirus; 110 people have died. In the West Bank, 255 cases have been diagnosed so far. Two have died. In Gaza, 13 cases have been diagnosed.

■ Laboratory material shortages are forcing Israel to reduce testing, but Israel says it's planning on producing materials locally. The government has called upon citizens to wear face masks in public to better protect themselves and others from the virus. Guidelines explained

■ The government has extended the lockdown on the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, a coronavirus hotspot, and extended curfew on Jerusalem neighborhoods with a high infection rate. 

■ For the Health Ministry's official website on the corovavirus outbreak, click here.

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10:51 P.M. Sharp rise in infection rates in Arab communities in Israel

The number of people infected with coronavirus in Arab communities in Israel has reached 371, a 12 percent increase in 24 hours, the Arab Emergency committee said. The data do not include East Jerusalem and mixed Arab-Jewish cities. 

The sharpest increase was registered in Umm al-Fahm where there are currently 48 confirmed cases, a 45 percent daily increase. Jisr a-Zarka, Daburiyya and Rahat also registered high rates of infection.  (Jack Khoury)

10:04 P.M. Number of daily coronavirus tests still below target

The Health Ministry said 7,680 coronavirus tests were performed Sunday, slightly lower than the target 8,500 set for the day.

On March 27, the Health Ministry said it plans to reach 30,000 tests a day within two weeks. Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the government aims to get to a rate of 10,000 tests within days. 

9:32 A.M. Death toll in Israel rises to 110

Israel's confirmed cases of coronavirus increased by 90, and seven people more have died, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 11,235 and the death toll to 110, according to the Health Ministry. 

181 people are in serious condition, an eight percent increase in 24 hours. The total number of recovered cases stands at 1,689.