Five-fold increase in coronavirus cases in Israel

People walk next to a cafe in Jerusalem. Israel has officially opened restaurants and cafes that were closed for more than two months in order to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease. EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN

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There was a five-fold increase in the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus on Saturday, Israeli Health Ministry Yuli Edelstein said at the opening of Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

According to the minister, there were 28 positive results out of 1,012 tests.

Edelstein said, “I urge all citizens – if you think you are sick, or have any symptoms, or you think you were near a sick person – get it checked out.”

He said that Jerusalem has become a red zone with a high number of infected cases.

“I have heard people saying, ‘What is all this panic about? This is an isolated event,’” Edelstein continued. “We need to understand: There was a steady rise in cases even before the Jerusalem school event. And even if you remove the cases from the school, there is still an increase in infection.”

He reminded the public that there are three key guidelines: wear a mask, keep two meters distance between people and maintain good hygiene.

As of Saturday night, at 7:30 p.m., there were 17,012 total cases of coronavirus in Israel – 1,917 active cases. There are currently 34 people on ventilators.

Read more via The Jerusalem Post

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