689 new coronavirus cases, 2 fatalities

President criticizes government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

President Rivlin
President Rivlin

689 new coronavirus cases have been diagnosed since midnight, while 1,348 new cases have been diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry announced Wednesday evening.

The total number of active coronavirus cases has risen to 14,516. 113 patients are in serious condition, 39 of whom are on ventilators.

Two people died from the virus Wednesday, raising the death toll in Israel to 344.

Earlier, President Reuven Rivlin strongly criticized the government's conduct during the coronavirus crisis, saying that Israel "hasn't developed a clear and coherent doctrine in the battle against the virus."

"We do not have a single body that is at the center of collecting information, fighting, controlling and having a discourse with the public," the president said. “The coronavirus epidemic further deepens the need for drafting a comprehensive national security concept for the State of Israel, which not only examines itself through the sights of a rifle, but takes into account at its core social, economic and even health issues.”

Rivlin called on the government to treat the coronavirus as a national security crisis.

“There is no room for political calculations by the Defense Ministry with regard to the Health Ministry,” he said. “We must give the reins to the body that can bring the best results, with all the other ministries subordinated and assisting it."