By East Firat

JERUSALEM  – The number of deaths in Israel rose to 164, after six additional fatalities, the country’s Health Ministry said Saturday.

The ministry said 158 patients tested positive for COVID-19 bringing that total to 13,265 of which 167 are in critical condition while 3,247 have recovered.

The government took measures to stem the spread of the virus, including closing all educational institutions and banning gatherings of more than two people in open or closed public areas.

All businesses except supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and banks have also been closed since March 15.

Tel Aviv banned the entry

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