Holocaust survivor is first coronavirus death in Israel

A Holocaust survivor is the first reported fatality in Israel from COVID-19.

Israeli media reported that 88-year-old Arie Even moved from Hungary to Israel in 1949. He died on Friday, March 20th.

He was one of several residents and staff at a retirement home in Jerusalem to catch the coronavirus, after a social worker reportedly caught the virus from a French visitor at a wedding.
His family said they were saddened not to be able to be with him during his final days. They were asked to stay away in order to not catch the virus.

“He was a beloved and dear man, lived a full life, was dedicated to his family, and showed strength until his very last moments,” his son said in a statement. “We lament that he had to spend his last moment without his family by his side.”

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