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Over 2,000 daily virus infections for 1st time since March; serious cases rise

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Daily coronavirus cases reached another high, with Health Ministry data released Tuesday morning showing 2,212 new confirmed carriers a day earlier, numbers not seen since mid-March.

There were 138 patients in serious condition as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 17 over the night before.

The Health Ministry said the number of active cases stood at 13,147, with the death toll steady at 6,461.

The rate of positive tests rose above 2 percent for the first time since March on Sunday, and still remained above that level on Monday, when 2.3% of tests gave a positive result out of 92,707 samples taken.

The Kan public broadcaster said that 203 of the cases diagnosed on Monday were individuals who had returned from abroad within the previous 10 days. According to figures cited by Channel 12, some 2,000 travelers infected with COVID-19 entered Israel this month.

However, just one locality was classified as “red,” denoting high levels of infection — the southern city of Kiryat Malachi.

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, on a visit to Rabin Medical Center in the central city of Petah Tikva on Tuesday, said that action needed to be taken in the face of the quickly rising caseload.

“We are seeing a rapid........

© The Times of Israel

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