Israel’s active cases more than triple in two weeks

Active case count in Israel has more than tripled in the past two weeks, the state’s health ministry said on Wednesday.

The number of active cases in Israel has reached 606, compared with 477 reported on Tuesday and 186 on 9 June.

A total of 146 new coronavirus cases were reported on Wednesday, raising the total caseload in the country to 840,225.

The death toll from the virus remained unchanged at 6,428, and the number of patients in serious condition remained 26, out of 50 hospitalized patients.

The total recoveries in Israel rose to 833,191 after 17 newly recovered cases were added.

The number of people vaccinated against Covid-19 in Israel reached nearly 5.51 million, or 59.1 per cent of its total population.

Earlier in the day, Israel announced the postponement of the planned entry of individual tourists for at least a month until 1 August after the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in the country.

Israel began reopening its borders in May to groups of vaccinated tourists and planned to begin reopening to individual tourists on 1 July.

Groups of vaccinated tourists will still be allowed to arrive in Israel, according to a statement by the Israeli prime minister’s office.

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