Coronavirus: Israeli record, nearly 5,000 cases in 24 hours

Over 47,000 tests, 10% infection rate. Lockdown starting Friday

15 September, 18:23

    TEL AVIV - Preliminary data from the Israeli Health Ministry on Tuesday showed 4,812 new coronavirus infections in the country over the past 24 hours, a new record. On Monday, a total of 47,000 tests were administered, revealing an infection rate of just over 10%. A total of 1,136 people have died of coronavirus in the country since the start of the pandemic.

    Starting this Friday, the country will enter a new total lockdown for three weeks, according to a recent government decision. There are currently over 40,000 people infected with Covid-19 in the country. Hebrew-language daily Israel Yahom said that in areas where orthodox Jews live, the percentage of infections is nearly three times higher than the national average. Other significant outbreaks were reported in Arab towns. Israel Yahom said the reopening of schools two weeks ago also contributed to the spike in infections. Meanwhile, various hospitals warned that their coronavirus wards are full and they cannot admit any more patients infected with the virus.

    Health authorities said that during the upcoming lockdown, Israelis will have to stay at home and will not be permitted to travel more than 500 metres from their residences. However, there will be exceptions for those who are travelling to work, for medical treatment, or to accompany children of divorced parents. Other exceptions were made for practicing orthodox Jews for Jewish New Year celebrations, which start Friday evening.

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