The Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 473 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest number of daily virus diagnoses since April 9.
There were 5,796 Israelis battling the deadly pathogen, 46 of which were in serious condition, among them 28 patients on ventilators, an increase of one since Tuesday night. Another 41 Israelis were in moderate condition and the rest displayed only mild or no symptoms at all.
However, the number of hospitalizations continued its downward trend of recent days and stood at 189 patients. So far,15,940 Israelis have made a full recovery.
Health authorities reported that 16,990 tests had been conducted on Wednesday, with 2.6% of them returning positive. This is the highest rate of positive diagnoses in the passing week, despite an already high increase in coronavirus illness.
There were no new fatalities recorded in the passing day, and the number of Israelis who succumbed to COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, remained at 308.
The southern city of Ashdod recorded a steep hike in new virus cases, with 34 people testing positive. Other coronavirus hotspots included Jerusalem, with 39 new cases, and Tel Aviv, with 28 new cases. The town of Elad, which has been put under lockdown due to a sharp rise in coronavirus illness, recorded 4 new cases.
Since the beginning of the week, 1,392 new infections were reported - more than the number of infections recorded during the entire month of May. Since the beginning of June, 4,972 patients have been tested positive for coronavirus in total.