CM – Israeli hospital reports first death of Omicron variant patient


FILE PHOTO: A medical staff cleans their hands while caring for a COVID-19 patient in the coronavirus infirmary of the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, Oct. 12, 2021. REUTERS / Nir Elias

JERUSALEM – An Israeli hospital confirmed the first known death of a patient with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country on Tuesday, but said he had suffered from a number of serious pre-existing conditions. Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba said the man in his sixties died on Monday, two weeks after he was admitted to the coronavirus ward.

A hospital statement said the patient suffered from a variety of serious illnesses . « His morbidity was mainly due to pre-existing illnesses and not to a respiratory infection from the coronavirus, » it said.

A PCR test led to the suspicion that the Omicron variant was present, so it was used for DNA analysis The statement went on to say.

According to Israeli media reports in the Times of Israel and Ynet, the patient had received two doses of the vaccine.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health announced that at least 340 cases of Omicron had occurred in Israel The Israeli government has agreed to reduce the attendance of public sector workers by 50%, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office said in order to encourage more remote working.

The office of Defense Secretary Benny Gantz said he had directed the military’s home front command, charged with anti-pandemic measures, to prepare for the case of 5,000 new cases a day.

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