COVID-19 Cases in Israel Spike: IAI Uses New Tech to Predict Patient Recovery; People With Type-O Blood May be Less Susceptible to Coronavirus; PA Refuses UAE COVID-19 Aid

COVID-19 infections continue to spike last week in Israel as the death toll from the virus there topped 300. More than 100 new cases were confirmed overnight on June 11. The Israeli health ministry was reporting the number of total cases in Israel was 18,461, an increase of 106 since the previous night. The number of active cases, which dipped below 2,000 last month, was back up to 2,947. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…Later, Israel reported more than 200 new cases for the first time since April, when restrictions began to ease. During a press conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that they must find a way to stop the increases now. “If this continues, we’ll have to bring back the restrictions,” Netanyahu warned. He urged Israelis to wear face masks, engage in social distancing, and to wash hands. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Israel Aerospace Industries has turned its technical know-how to fighting the coronavirus. The IAI has developed a new tool that accurately predicts in four out of five cases whether a patient’s outlook will improve or deteriorate based on various medical factors. Einat Klein, the IAI’s chief innovation officer, told the Times of Israel that “Our model is inside a software system, and you input blood measurements, heart performance, and other factors, and it gives you probability of a patient improving, deteriorating, and staying the same.” Klein added that the model’s accuracy rate is between 90 and 92 percent. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Meanwhile, a genetics firm, 23andMe, Inc., has reportedly found that people with O-type blood may be less susceptible to contracting the virus. In a blog post last week, the firm said that initial data from a sturdy suggests those with O-type blood are nine to 18 percent less likely to have tested positive for the coronavirus. The same data showed those with type AB blood were more likely to contract the virus. Reported by Bloomberg.Read more… Reported by Fox News. Read more… See the 23andMe blog post here.

The Palestinian Authority again refused a planeload of medical supplies from the United Arab Emirates. The supplies, to help the PA combat COVID-19, were the result of cooperation between Israel and the UAE. It was for this reason the PA refused the supplies, the second time it has done so in a month. “We refuse to receive it because it was coordinated directly between Israel and them (the UAE),” Hussein al-Sheikh, the PA minister for civil affairs told AFP, continuing, “We were not part of the coordination.” Reported by Israel National News. Read more…