Israel’s death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to 26 after five more people died, the Health Ministry said early Thursday. 

A ministry statement said 501 new infections were recorded, bringing the total number of cases to 6,092.

It said 95 patients are in critical condition and 241 have recovered.

All schools have been closed and public gatherings of 10 or more people in open or closed areas have been banned.

All trading firms except supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and banks have also been closed since March 15. Tel Aviv has banned the entry of foreigners except those

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