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Daily virus cases top 1,000 for first time in a month as reopening continues

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The number of new daily coronavirus cases diagnosed in Israel rose to over one thousand on Wednesday, a level not seen in over a month, according to Health Ministry figures released Thursday morning.

The milestone is the latest indication that the spread of the virus may be re-accelerating, even as the government pushes ahead with reopening the country from its second lockdown.

There were 1,068 new cases diagnosed on Wednesday — 1.8 percent of the 60,463 test results returned, the ministry figures showed. The last time Israel saw daily cases above a thousand was October 22.

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Of those sick with the virus, 282 are in serious condition, of whom 122 people are on ventilators.

After topping 9,000 on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three weeks, the active number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 9,422 out of a total 332,317 cases. Magen David Adom worker takes a patient to the coronavirus unit at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem on November 1, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Despite the rising figures, cabinet ministers overnight........

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