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Gamzu: 40% of New Virus Cases are Ultra-Orthodox

Forty percent of all new coronavirus infections are coming from the ultra-Orthodox, coronavirus czar Ronni Gamzu said Thursday, amid increasing concern over morbidity rates in the community.

Gamzu told a press conference that 40 percent of those recently diagnosed with the coronavirus were ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, though the community constitutes only approximately 12 percent of the population.

He noted that cases among the older members of that community were on the rise.

“It is disturbing that the proportion of patients over the age of 60 in ultra-Orthodox society is rising,” Gamzu said, in comments that appeared to support a statement from Health Ministry director-general Chezy Levy on Wednesday that there was a “steep increase” in the death rate from COVID-19 within that community.

Gamzu also said the surge in cases on Wednesday was due to a lag from the weekend and Yom Kippur when most testing centers and labs were closed. (TOI / VFI News)

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