Wed, 21 Oct 2020

JERUSALEM, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 2,445 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 193,374.

The total count of deaths from the coronavirus in Israel rose by 12 to 1,285, while the number of patients in serious condition rose from 653 to 668, out of 1,352 patients currently hospitalized.

The number of recoveries in the country increased by 3,971 to 140,751, while the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 51,338.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli government approved a plan to expand the national economic safety net to deal with the pandemic's impact.

"Expanding the plan will enable immediate economic assistance for businesses and wage-earners who are expected to be hurt by the current COVID-19 nationwide lockdown," said a joint statement by the Prime Minister's Office and Finance Ministry.

The expansion includes the lowering of damage threshold for businesses to receive fixed expenditure grants to 25 percent, providing advances against the fixed expenditure grants, a comprehensive worker retention plan, and deferring the reduction in unemployment benefits.

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