Israel hits another coronavirus record: More than 1,681 new infected in a day

The second wave of the coronavirus is washing over Israel with a record-breaking 1,681 new confirmed infections over the past 24 hours, an all-time high since the virus first hit the country in March.

There are now 177 patients in serious condition, with 55 people intubated. So far, Israel has had 42,235 people infected, with a total of 21,393 people currently battling the virus.

The number of serious patients has doubled in a week, prompting growing concern from authorities that the health system could be overwhelmed.

The number of dead patients has reached 368.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases is expected to double every 12 days with the current infection rate.

Since the start of July, 15,525 people have been infected with the virus, almost as many as the total number of infections in March and April combined.

Jerusalem, Beitar Illit, Lod, Ramle, Kiryat Malachi and Beit Shemesh were named as virus hotspots.

Channel 13 quoted an unnamed senior official in the Health Ministry as saying Israel was “a step away from a full lockdown.”