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Israel's Orthodox Communities See Highest Coronavirus Increase

The Haredi population has been hardest hit, both in Israel and around the world, as its traditionally insular way of life and heavy emphasis on community have created a perfect storm for the virus to spread. The authorities have major concerns that the desire to celebrate the Passover holiday will lead many in the community to ignore Health Ministry directives and gather in large numbers. Presently, the ratio of COVID-19 infection in ultra-Orthodox communities surpasses the national rate of infection - which has doubled itself - with the highest rate of coronavirus outbreak going to the northern Haredi town of Rekhasim. In Bnei Brak, which has been under a government lockdown for the past few days, the number of patients has jumped from 410 on Sunday, 29 March 2020 to 1,300 02 on Monday 6 April 2020. The Bnei Brak Municipality announced that out of those coronavirus patients in the city, 23 were in serious condition. City residents who wanted to be evacuated were evacuated to hotels. In the Haredi settlement of Modi’in Illit, the number of cases has risen from 30 last week to 117 this week, quadrupling in numbers with a 3.9 infection ration, doubling the national average of 2.0. (VFI News)

Continue to intercede that the Orthodox communities in Israel and abroad will abide by government decisions and decrees to lessen the spread of coronavirus to those near and far. This requires much discipline and the understanding that all of us in this global crisis, and not just some, must do what we can to prevent further coronavirus infections among our families, friends, and homelands.