Israel has seen another slight drop in the number of daily coronavirus cases, but the total number of active patients has reached a record high with more than 11,000 diagnoses, health officials said on Sunday morning.
The Health Ministry reported that 804 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Saturday, bringing the total number of active patients to 11,189, the highest since the start of the epidemic in Israel.
The Health Ministry said another nine patients were hospitalized in a serious condition, bringing the total number of serious cases to 86, with 29 of them in need of ventilator support.
According to health officials, since midnight Sunday, 130 people tested positive for coronavirus.
The ministry said the number of tests conducted on Saturday stands at 16,342, bringing the infection rate to 4.9%.
The Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center, however, put the number of tests conducted on Saturday at slightly above 15,000, raising the contagion rate to 5,2%, the highest in the past two weeks.
The center, which is part of IDF's intelligence unit, said that since the start of July, 3,846 new coronavirus cases were reported in Israel, averaging 961 patients a day, the highest since the peak of the outbreak in the beginning of April.
Jerusalem still has the highest number of confirmed virus cases with 1,416 diagnoses, followed by Tel Aviv with 981, Bnei Brak with 842 and Ashdod with 644.
According to the report, over the past the Haredi city of Bnei Bark saw the highest number of COVID-19 diagnoses in the country, with 450 cases.
Earlier, Bnei Brak Municipality confimred that at least 140 students from Yeshivat Beit Matityahu in the Haredi city have tested positive for coronavirus.
Bnei Brak Mayor Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein as a result approved the decision to boost enforcement teams in the city, which will focus on private educational institutions and yeshivas in the city.