However, there were growing concerns that measures to isolate religious scholars in groups would have proven insufficient to contain the disease. In a yeshiva in Jerusalem run by the Ger Hasidic sect, about 340 of 2,000 students tested positive, the Haaretz newspaper reported, but hundreds more returned to their homes for the holiday weekend without a test, which raised the ghost that many spread the virus.
The Ministry of Health announced late Saturday that 13.7 percent of coronavirus tests had been positive in the past 24 hours. More than 9,200 new cases were reported, a record. About 750 people were in critical condition, nearing the 800-patient threshold on which officials warned the health system could collapse.
There were also ominous-sounding reports that the virus was starting to affect younger people in greater numbers. Eran Segal, a scientist at the Weizmann Institute, noted a decrease in the average age of the deceased.
"It's not clear why," he wrote on Twitter. “Better care for adults? Or worse care for young people? Or care less for everyone because of the burden? "
In Bnei Brak, Dr. Eliyahu Sorkin, director of intensive care at Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, said that 40 percent of the most serious patients, many of whom require respirators, are now between 19 and 50 years old. "This is a whole new thing," he said. "We don't know this disease."
With Yom Kippur's day of fasting and the gloomy memory on Sunday evening, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin composed a prayer calling on Israelis and Jews around the world to remember the victims of the pandemic in Israel – "These pioneers and founders, Holocaust survivors, Veteran immigrants, fighters and creators, students of the Torah and worshipers of the Lord, Jews and Arabs, old and young. "
"May we be forgiven for the sin of weakness and incapacity, because we haven't done enough, because we haven't managed to save them," said Rivlin. "Lives were lost as a result."