In first since April, Israel confirms over 300 daily virus diagnoses

One Israeli succumbs to COVID-19, raising death toll to 304; authorities tighten grip over virus hotspots as alarming uptick in fresh cases takes total number of infections over 20,000

The Health Ministry reported on Friday that 349 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing Israel's total virus infections to 20,243. This is the first time since April that authorities have reported over 300 fresh diagnoses in one day.
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  • One patient overnight also succumbed to complications of COVID-19, the disease caused by the deadly pathogen, and virus fatalities currently stand at 304.
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    Health worker performing coronavirus test in the southern town Arara BaNegev where an alarming surge of virus cases was reported
    (Photo: Leumit Health Maintenance Organization)
    There are currently 4,372 active coronavirus patients across the country, among them 40 patients in serious condition, 44 in moderate condition, and 28 patients requiring artificial respiratory assistance.
    Nevertheless, the majority of active cases are said to display only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
    The ministry also said that 16,369 tests had been performed on Thursday.
    Israel has been experiencing an uptick in new daily cases as the country moved to reopen its economy following weeks of restrictions imposed to keep the virus in check.
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    השוטרים ברחבי הארץ מחלקים לאזרחים מסכות ועוסקים בהסברה על התפשטות נגיף הקורונה
    השוטרים ברחבי הארץ מחלקים לאזרחים מסכות ועוסקים בהסברה על התפשטות נגיף הקורונה
    Police officer wearing face mask during coronavirus outbreak
    (Photo: Israel Police)
    Tel Aviv has emerged as the key infection cluster, its ratio of tests coming back positive several times above the national statistic.
    The city's poorer southern parts were of special concern for authorities as a partial lockdown was imposed on the Jaffa neighborhoods of Ajami, Tzahalon, and Shikunei Hisachon.
    Two Bedouin towns in the southern Negev area were also placed on a partial lockdown amid a worrying leap in local coronavirus diagnoses.
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