COVID-19 Cases in Israel to Triple in 10 Days, Health Officials Predict

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People shop at a market in the central Israeli city of Ramle.
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Israel's Health Ministry said on Thursday that the country will face 600 new coronavirus cases a day within a week, and that this figure is expected to rise to 1000 in 10 days as the delta variant continues to spread across the country. 

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According to the Health Ministry, Israel is also expected to carry out 100,000 COVID tests per day by July 11.

On Wednesday, Israel witnessed a further increase in daily COVID infections, with 307 people testing positive as the delta variant made further inroads in the country. However, 58 percent of those confirmed cases were unvaccinated.

The previous day, Israel reached a three-month peak for new daily coronavirus cases, with 293 people testing positive for the virus. 

There are currently 54 people hospitalized from the virus in Israel, with 29 of them in a serious condition – a slight rise since Wednesday.  

Israel also broke a three-month record in the number of people who got vaccinated. On Tuesday, 16,321 got the first jab and 3,453 received the second – the highest number since March‎ 17. The rising vaccination rates come as the government is encouraging more Israelis – particularly youth – to get the shot.

According to experts, attempts to curb the entry of coronavirus variants into Israel through Ben-Gurion International Airport are futile at this stage due to the country’s rising incidence of illness and the identification of confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, the northern town of Pardes Hanna-Karkur has labeled as a community with moderate infection rate. The Tel Aviv neighborhood of Ramat Hahayal was also classified as such. 

Ramle, Herzliya, and Modi'in are also still considered localities with moderate infection rates, but for now the classification does not translate into further restrictions on the area.

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