Coronavirus testing lab in Ashkelon
Coronavirus testing lab in Ashkelon
Photo: AFP
 Coronavirus testing lab in Ashkelon

Israel sees nearly 300 daily coronavirus cases for first time in months

National Information and Knowledge Center says over the past 24 hours, 287 people tested positive for COVID-19, with contagion rate currently standing at 2%; cabinet set to convene to discuss further reopening of the economy, including trains

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Published: 06.17.20 , 09:35
For the first time since the peak of the coronavirus epidemic in Israel, nearly 300 new cases have been recorded in 24 hours, officials confirmed on Wednesday morning.
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  • Israel over the past few weeks has seen a resurgence of COVID-19 as more and more businesses reopen, with the daily toll topping 200 new cases last week for the first time since April.
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     Coronavirus testing lab in Ashkelon
     Coronavirus testing lab in Ashkelon
    Coronavirus testing lab in Ashkelon
    (Photo: AFP)
    The Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center reported that 287 have been diagnosed with the virus over the past 24 hours, with total number of active patients currently standing at 3,845.
    The number of people who died from coronavirus-related complications currently stands at 303.
    The center, which is part of the IDF's Security and Intelligence Division, said medical officials conducted 11,971 COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, bringing the contagion rate to 2%.
    Since the start of the epidemic in Israel, 19,637 people tested positive for the pathogen, with 15,459 patients having already recovered from the disease.
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    תחנת רכבת השלום סגורה בעקבות נגיף הקורונה
    תחנת רכבת השלום סגורה בעקבות נגיף הקורונה
    Shuttered train station in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: Meshi Ben Ami )
    In the meantime, the cabinet is set to convene in the afternoon to discuss further reopening of the economy, including cinemas, theaters and other cultural centers.
    The most important issue on the agenda is believed to be relaunching of Israel's trains, halted since the start of the outbreak in March.
    The government's insistence not to reopen railway traffic has drawn harsh criticism from the public that uses public transport for work and is now forced to use overcrowded bus services.

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