JERUSALEM 

The number of coronavirus cases in Israel has neared 10,000 and the death toll stands at 86, the country’s Health Ministry said Thursday.  

The ministry said six people died and 213 more tested positive for COVID-19, raising the total number of cases to 9,968. 

It said 166 of the nearly 10,000 patients are in critical condition while 1,011 have recovered. 

Israel is currently on a lockdown until Friday for the Jewish Passover holiday. 

The government has taken several measures to stem the spread of the virus, including closing all educational institutions and banning gatherings of more than 10 people

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