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Former Israeli chief rabbi dies after contracting coronavirus

  • Published at 08:46 am April 13th, 2020
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Israel had reported 11,145 cases of the coronavirus and 103 deaths

A former Israeli chief rabbi has died after contracting the coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, in what is the country’s highest-profile death from the pandemic.

Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, who served from 1993 to 2003 as the state’s top chaplain for Sephardim, or Jews of Middle Eastern and North African descent, succumbed late on Sunday to complications from the respiratory virus in a Jerusalem hospital, aged 79, Israeli media said.

“Tragically, Rabbi Bakshi-Doron contracted the coronavirus and doctors’ efforts to save him did not succeed,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

As of Sunday, Israel had reported 11,145 cases of the coronavirus and 103 deaths.

The fast spreading coronavirus, which was first reported in China's Wuhan, has claimed above 114,200 lives and infected more than 1,853,100 people across the world till date, according to Worldometers.

As many as 423,554 people have recovered from Covid-19, a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus, which has spread to 210 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.

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