Israel has reached 30,000 active coronavirus patients for the first time since the start of the outbreak, health officials reported Tuesday evening.
The Health Ministry reported the number of active patients now stands at 30,488, with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the epidemic climbing to 53,559. The number of active patients has increased by 10,000 cases since last Monday, when the tally stood at 20,251.
The ministry said that on Monday, 1,854 people tested positive for coronavirus after 27,299 tests that were conducted, putting the contagion rate at 8%.
The number of patients in a serious condition has increased to 256, out of which 77 require ventilator support. The death toll from coronavirus-related complications has risen to 424.
The report added at least 20 patients who are currently in a serious condition are between the ages of 20 to 39, 14 patients between the ages of 40 to 49 and 52 patients between the ages of 50 to 59.
Jerusalem still remains the city with the highest number of active virus cases, with 4,568 diagnoses, followed by Bnei Brak with 2,297, Tel Aviv with 2,009 and Ashdod with 1,116 people currently ill with the disease.