בדיקות קורונה מהירות בבית ספר אליאנס תל אביב
Testing for coronavirus in a Tel Aviv high school earlier in the week
Photo: Moti Kimchi
Testing for coronavirus in a Tel Aviv high school earlier in the week

Israel sees 1,500 daily COVID-19 cases for first time since end of lockdown

60,000 tests yield 2.2% positivity rate; 267 people in serious condition, with 99 patients on ventilators; death toll from virus reaches 2,883; deputy health minister to request meeting of coronavirus cabinet to decide on immediate steps to slow the spread

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Updated: 12.03.20, 10:18
Israel on Thursday reported its daily new case count exceeded 1,5oo for the first time since the second lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the virus, was lifted in October.
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  • The Health Ministry said there were 1,523 new cases confirmed on Wednesday after 69,000 tests conducted, indicating a 2.2% positivity rate and say the R number indicating community spread has risen to 1.2.
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    בדיקות קורונה מהירות בבית ספר אליאנס תל אביב
    בדיקות קורונה מהירות בבית ספר אליאנס תל אביב
    Testing for coronavirus in a Tel Aviv high school earlier in the week
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    There are 539 people battling COVID-19 in hospitals, 267 of them are in serious condition with 99 on ventilators.
    Since the start of the pandemic, 2,883 people have died from the disease.
    The month-long lockdown, the second to be imposed on Israelis, was lifted on October 14. After the government adopted a gradual exit strategy allowing a limited number of businesses to operate and opening kindergartens and schools to resume, health officials said ministers opted for more rapid lifting of restrictions disregarding alarming morbidity increases.
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    Crowds of shoppers in a Tel Aviv market after it reopened last week
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch said on Thursday that he and officials in the ministry will request a meeting of the so-called Coronavirus Cabinet to decide on immediate steps to slow the spread of the virus.
    "I would close shopping malls," Kisch said in an interview on Ynet, but insisted schools should remain open despite the rise in morbidity. "That is the only thing that should be a priority," he said.
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    Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch during a Knesset coronavirus committee meeting in July
    (Photo: Knesset PR)
    On Wednesday, the Director General of the Health Ministry Professor Hezi Levy said Israel will soon see 2,000 daily cases of COVID-19. "We are on a slippery slope," he said.

    First published: 09:27, 12.03.20
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