Coronavirus ward
Coronavirus wardEitan Elhadez / TPS

A 45-year-old woman in the ninth month of pregnancy died of the coronavirus at Soroka Medical Center in Be;er Sheva today (Monday). Her unborn child also did not survive.

The woman was rushed to the emergency room at the hospital by Magen David Paramedics, who also performed resuscitation efforts. Despite their best efforts, the doctors were forced to declare her death as well as the death of the fetus.

Earlier Monday, Coronavirus Czar Prof. Ash Nachman said that after the holidays, there will be a meeting to decide whether to cancel the requirement to wear masks in open areas.

"It's true that from a professional perspective, masks are a lot less significant in open air. We still want people in groups and in enclosed areas to wear masks," he explained to Kan Reshet Bet.

Prof. Ash responded to the cancellation of the weekly government meeting, during which a budget for the purchase of additional coronavirus vaccines was expected to be passed.

The meeting was canceled by Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White), after the Likud opposed the appointment of a permanent justice minister prior to the formation of a new government.

Prof. Ash said: "The vaccine market is very complex. The entire world is going after the vaccines, which are in short supply, so it is important to grab them up as soon as possible."

He added that the budget will include funds for purchasing materials to conduct coronavirus tests and other issues related to the pandemic.

"It is therefore important to approve the budget as quickly as possible," he stressed.