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Motzei Shabbos News Roundup From Israel

Israel’s Health Ministry updated the statistics regarding the number of Covid-19 cases in Israel after Shabbos ended and publicized that 51 people died of the virus in Israel over the weekend. The new deaths bring the total killed by the plague in Israel to 3,633. Among them were 278 deaths since the beginning of January. On Friday, 7,808 people tested positive for the virus. On Shabbos, another 2,998 tested positive prior to 7:00 p.m.

Currently in Israel, 1,646 people are hospitalized because of the virus. That is the highest number of hospitalized people since the spring. Among them are 964 people who are in serious condition, which is the highest it has been since the outbreak of the virus. 236 people are on respirators, which is also the highest amount that there has been since the highest number of people on respirators which occurred in October.

The Health Ministry also announced that for the first time, four cases of the South African strain of the virus have been found in Israel. This is in addition to the nearly 100 cases of the British strain of the virus that were documented last week.
Israel police issued 9,178 fines for breaking Corona regulations during the first weekend of the more stringent lockdown, a similar number to the total of fines issued last weekend. Most of the fines, 7,255 of them were issued to people for leaving their homes for non-essential reasons.
The police also announced that starting on Sunday, police checkpoints will be set up around the country from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and then taken down. They will be reopened at 6:00 p.m. until the middle of the night.
The IDF announced that a Palestinian man who crossed the border from Gaza into Israel was apprehended. He was not carrying any weapons. He was taken in for questioning.
Some 3,000 people are protesting against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his leadership in Jerusalem. Some 500 protesters are also protesting outside of the Prime Minister’s home in Caesarea. Other protesters are continuing their weekly vigils at intersections and bridges across the country. This is the 29th week in a row of these protests.
The Prime Minister and the Health Minister Yuli Edelstein both received the second dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine tonight, three weeks after they received their first dosage. The Prime Minister said “During my 17th phone call with the CEO of Pfizer, we agreed on the quick delivery of a large batch of vaccines to Israel, which will allow us to inoculate every Israel adult over the age of 16 within the next two months. This will allow us to get back to normal and reopen everything.”
A 20-year-old man, Saeb Abu Hammad was killed in an act of violence in the town of Drijat which is west of Arad. A large altercation broke out in the town, during which rocks were thrown and fires were lit. The young man was attacked and seriously injured. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. A 25-year-old resident of the town was arrested and is suspected of killing Saeb.
A man in his 20s is in critical condition after he was stabbed in an act of violence in Sachnin in the Galilee. He was taken to Rambam hospital in Haifa with upper-body stab wounds. Police arrested an 18-year-old suspect who is a relative of the victim.
A man in his 20s was shot in Kiryat Malachi. He was treated at the scene for his injuries by United Hatzalah volunteers and Magen David Adom ambulance teams. He was taken to the hospital in moderate condition. Two teenagers were arrested as suspects in the incident.
Unidentified assailants opened fire at parked police cruisers in the town of Tuba-Zangariyye, located near Rosh Pina in the Galilee. One officer was lightly injured and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Officers returned fire and began searches for the assailants. According to initial reports, the gunfire was a result of police activity in the town in an effort to stamp out the trend of gangs forcing people to pay protection money.

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