Israel said Sunday it has opened a factory to make millions of high-spec masks as it prepares for a possible "second wave" of coronavirus cases.
After imposing tough measures to tackle the COVID-19 illness, Israel has fared relatively well in the initial months of the pandemic.
More than 17,700 infections have been registered among a population of 9 million, with nearly 300 deaths.
But as the country has gradually opened up in recent weeks, new outbreaks have occurred and the government has warned people not to become complacent.
"We are preparing for a second wave of the virus," said Defense Minister Benny Gantz, announcing the country's first production line of N95 masks.
N95 masks offer a higher level of protection and are more sturdy than the simple medical masks worn by many Israelis.
The new masks are being made in Sderot, a southern town near the Gaza Strip, using machines that the Defense Ministry imported from China.
Although Israel has experienced a comparatively low number of coronavirus cases, more than 120 schools reopened last month have since been closed again.
Hundreds of pupils have tested positive for coronavirus and nearly 17,500 pupils and staff are being quarantined after contact with those infected, according to the Education Ministry.
The pandemic is also affecting politics, with parliamentary employees told to stay home Thursday after a lawmaker contracted the virus.
Four fellow Knesset members are in quarantine after Sami Abu Shahadeh tested positive, while parliamentary activities have been reduced to a minimum.