Israel hits record high with 1,464 new coronavirus infections

Israel’s Health Ministry registered a total of 1,464 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, setting a new daily record since the start of the pandemic in March.

The current rate of increase in weekly infections in Israel is one of the highest in the world.

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said in a closed meeting that if Israel reaches 2,000 daily coronavirus cases, the country could return to a nationwide lockdown.

Some 35,533 Israelis have been diagnosed with the virus. There are currently 16,651 active patients in the country, among them 124 patients in serious condition and 39 patients are intubated.

More than 8,550 Israelis have been diagnosed with the virus in the first nine days of July, compared to 8,395 all last month. More than half of Israelis who have been infected were infected in the last 40 days.

According to the ministry, four deaths were recorded yesterday, raising Israel’s death toll to 350.

As part of the measures to stop the spread of the virus, a partial lockdown came into effect at 1 pm Friday on several neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Lod, Ramla, Beit Shemesh and Kiryat Malachi.

The lockdowns will expire next Friday.

Entry to the restricted areas is limited only for essential medical care, legal proceedings, transfer of minors between parents living separately, among other essential needs. Business activity also restricted in these areas.