Israel’s Health Ministry today reported one more coronavirus fatality registered overnight, putting the total death toll at 304.
Israel also registered over 300 new cases in the past 24 hours for the first time in weeks, so the total number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 20,243 infections. This is the highest rise in nearly two months.
The latest figures released by the authorities put the number of active cases in the country at 4,372. These include 28 patients who require artificial lung ventilation and a further 40 in a severe condition.
Tel Aviv has emerged as a infection centre, with its ratio of tests coming back positive several times above the nation-wide statistic. A partial lockdown has been imposed on the Jaffa neighbourhoods of Ajami, Tzahalon and Shikunei Hisachon.
Two Bedouin towns in the southern Negev area were also placed on a partial lockdown amid an increase in local coronavirus spread.
Israel has lifted most restrictions on gatherings in the country, reopening schools, cafes, hotels, and restaurants in recent weeks. Earlier this week, it allowed weddings and other celebrations to be held with up to 250 guests.
Most cultural events and performances remain banned however, and Israel’s borders also remain almost completely shut to non-Israelis.