Tel Aviv continues to be a hotspot for coronavirus with the infection rate in the city appears to be twice as high as in the rest of the country, government officials said Monday.
The city over the past few days has overtaken Jerusalem, which still boasts the highest overall number of COVID-19 infections, when it comes to the rate of the pathogen's spread.
The Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center reported that on Sunday the number of positive COVID-19 results out of the total number of people tested, stood at 3%.
The center, which is part of the IDF's Security and Intelligence Division, said the army has made a recommendation to the government, urging it to put restrictions on mass gatherings - only 24 hours after it was officially allowed for events with up to 250 people to take place.
"There’s a need to improve the effectiveness of cutting the chain of infection,” said the IDF in a memo. “This includes limiting mass events.”
The military also recommends to "step up the enforcement (fines and increased presence of enforcement officials) of the existing health guidelines (isolation and wearing of masks, especially in confined spaces and crowded environments)."
As of Monday morning, 19,128 in Israel have tested positive for COVID-19, with 302 patients succumbing to the disease.