For Second Day in a Row, Israel Reports Record Daily Virus Diagnoses

July 2, 2020

by: Adir Yanko and Yaron Druckman

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The government has imposed a full lockdown on three neighborhoods in the southern city of Ashdod (pictured).

Thursday, 2 July 2020 | The health ministry reported last night that 868 Israelis have tested positive for coronavirus since midnight, the highest tally of virus diagnoses in a day since the onset of the pandemic in the country.

Health authorities have conducted 17,980 tests since midnight, meaning 4.8% of all tests returned positive, an exceptionally high percentage of positive results.

There are currently 8,483 Israelis battling the virus, 57 of them are in serious condition and 24 patients are on ventilators.

Two Israeli have succumbed to complications of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, bringing the nation’s virus fatalities to 322.

Since the beginning of the week, 2,774 new coronavirus patients have been diagnosed—twice as many during the entire month of May (1,223).

Meanwhile, the government decided yesterday evening to impose a full lockdown on three neighborhoods in the southern city of Ashdod and on three neighborhoods in the central city of Lod.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a meeting that enforcement of social distancing should be immediately increased at event halls, even if it means placing undercover police officers at events.

Posted on July 2, 2020

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published on Ynetnews on July 1, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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