Health Ministry: Unusual increase in coronavirus infection rate

Health Ministry urges the public not to be complacent and strictly adhere to the guidelines.

Elad Benari, Canada ,

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The Health Ministry updated on Thursday evening that there has been a relatively unusual increase in the rate of infection of coronavirus in the last 48 hours.

According to the Ministry, 64 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in Israel in the past day. Of the 1,909 Israelis with active cases of coronavirus, 36 are on ventilators.

Additionally, Israel's death toll rose to 284. So far, 14,679 cases have recovered from the virus.

The Ministry called on the public "not to go into complacency and strictly adhere to the guidelines."

It also stressed that "the feeling that the coronavirus is behind us is not true" and urged the public to maintain hygiene, wear masks and keep a physical distance of two meters between people.

Earlier on Thursday, the number of people who were diagnosed with coronavirus at the Gymnasium High School in Jerusalem rose to 18, among them 11 students and seven staff members.

On Wednesday it was announced that three students in the school were diagnosed with COVID-19, resulting in the school being shut down and returning to the format of distance learning.

The students from the high school who are members of the Clalit and Meuhedet health maintenance organizations were tested on Thursday at Magen David Adom drive in complex at Teddy Stadium.

The rest of the students will coordinate a test with their health maintenance organization. All 180 staff members will be tested on Sunday.

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