More than 800 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Israel over the past week, as the daily infection rate continues to rise following the partial lifting of government restrictions.
Over the past 24 hours, a total of 214 new coronavirus infections were reported in Israel, the largest single-day infection rate since late April.
The increase comes weeks after Israeli schools resumed studies, and numerous government restrictions were lifted on the economy and public activities.
The largest number of new infections were reported in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, where a major outbreak among illegal immigrants in the city’s southern neighborhoods has been reported. A total of 92 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in the city over the past 24 hours.
Bnei Brak had the second largest number of new infections with 39, followed by Jerusalem with 22, Rishon Letzion with 17, and Netanya with 13.
The daily infection rate remains far below the peak of 765, recorded in early April, but Health officials expressed concern the trend could continue, leading to a critical mass of infections.
“I'm afraid that in a month or a month and a half we'll see a mass of critically ill patients. None of this can be avoided without proper behavior,” said Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar Siman-Tov Thursday night.
Despite the surge in new infections, the number of serious cases of the novel coronavirus remains small.
Thirty-four patients are currently listed in serious condition, compared to 30 a week ago. In mid-April, nearly two-hundred patients were listed in serious condition.
On Thursday, one patient died of the coronavirus, pushing the death toll up to 300.