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Monday, October 19, 2020

Father with COVID-19 Watches Son's Wedding

Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital allowed a wedding ceremony in its compound so that a 56-year-old coronavirus patient could watch his 20-year-old son get married, Sunday, October 18.

Hospital officials said in an email Monday that the wedding ceremony was held in compliance with Israeli Ministry of Health regulations that limit the gatherings of more than 20 people in open spaces.

The family members, Orthodox Jews, also had to wear masks to be in line with safety requirements.

The unusual wedding took place on Sunday at Hadassah Hospital's Ein Kerem compound in Jerusalem, the same day that the country eased movement restrictions imposed to fight the pandemic.

Israel imposed a second nationwide lockdown earlier this month after a dramatic spike in the number of people infected with the virus.

The lockdown was enforced after Israel saw highs of 9,000 new virus cases a day earlier this month.

The country has recorded more than 304,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,200 deaths from the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Many have blamed the jump in cases on ultra-Orthodox leaders, whose communities have flouted public safety rules and resisted calls for targeted lockdowns.

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