Israel is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, with recent days showing 400-500 new patients a day on average, numbers not seen since early April.
The increase has prompted the Israeli government to approve reimposing a tracking system administered by the country’s domestic security agency, the Shin Bet.
The latest data from Israel’s Health Ministry on Friday morning showed 238 new infections since Thursday evening, and 499 over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally to 22,638. The number of active cases stood at 5,736.
Israel’s current death toll from Covid-19 stands at 313.
Israel’s Channel 12 reported that police and inspectors throughout the country were engaged in increased enforcement Friday, handing out fines to those breaking Health Ministry guidelines, including businesses not adhering to rules and people failing to wear masks while in public.
Health officials forecast a sharp rise in the coming days, with as many as 1,000 new daily cases expected within just five days.