Israel on Tuesday reported over 700 new daily coronavirus cases diagnosed a day earlier, with the positivity rate climbing to above one percent for the first time in months.
The Health Ministry said 730 people tested positive for COVID on Monday, the highest the figure has been since March 25. After 58,101 tests had been conducted, the contagion rate now stands at 1.26%.
The ministry said at least 46 patients are in serious condition, of whom 10 are ventilated.
At least 65 of the newly diagnosed tested positive for the virus after arriving from abroad. The ministry said 12 people arrived from Spain, eight from Turkey, seven from the UK, seven from Georgia and five from Cyprus.
In addition, five local authorities in Israel are now categorized as "red," indicating a high coronavirus infection rate. Among the red communities are Kfar Yona, Yehud, Shaarei Tikva, Zofim and Givot Bar.
Israel's coronavirus cabinet is set to convene on Tuesday evening to discuss the reintroduction of further measures meant to curb the spread of the Delta variant.
"We are working on an outline for events and weddings, where the entrance to events that take place in confined spaces will be for vaccinated only or with coronavirus tests," said Health Ministry Director General Prof. Hezi Levi.
"Once it is approved by the health minister, it will be approved by the cabinet, but it is still being worked on, there are various complexities here."