מעבדה של נגיף הקורונה ברחובות
A healthcare worker examines a coronavirus test at a lab in Rehovot
Photo: AFP
A healthcare worker examines a coronavirus test at a lab in Rehovot

Israel sees 499 new virus cases in 24 hours as death toll rises by 5

Total of 313 people have now succumbed to the disease, while number of patients on ventilators remains at 28, with 43 in serious condition; 'restricted zones' come into effect as country tries to stamp out reappearance of hot spots

Adir Yanko |
Published: 06.26.20 , 14:55
Israel has seen 499 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Friday afternoon.
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  • The total death toll from COVID-19 has also risen by five to 313.
    מעבדה של נגיף הקורונה ברחובותמעבדה של נגיף הקורונה ברחובות
    A healthcare worker examines a coronavirus test at a lab in Rehovot
    (Photo: AFP)
    The number of people on ventilators remains at 28, with 43 people in serious condition.
    There are currently 5,736 active cases of the virus in Israel, with 192 people receiving treatment in hospital.
    Israel on Thursday conducted almost 17,000 tests for the disease, and has called on healthcare providers to increase the number of tests in areas where the disease is prominent.
    חוף הסלע בת יםחוף הסלע בת ים
    A police officer clears the beach in Bat Yam as the city reintroduces coronavirus closures
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    At 8am Friday, new regulations came into effect in areas designated as restricted zones by the government's so called “coronavirus committee.”
    In Bat Yam, which was designated a restricted zone after 40 new coronavirus cases were found in the central coastal city in just three days, educational institutions were closed, gatherings of more than 10 people were banned and authorities increased enforcement at weddings and other venues.
    The coronavirus committee has also decided to designate “Neighborhood 2” in the Bedouin village of Ar’arat in the Negev as a restricted area until July 1.
    Meanwhile, restrictions in the Ajami neighborhood in Jaffa and the city of Rahat were removed, although enforcement will be stepped up in both cities.

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