Coronavirus Israel Live: Health Minister Cautions Over ‘Dramatic’ Rise in New Cases

Israel has seen a spike in coronavirus cases as schools, businesses, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions and other establishments reopen. Schools throughout the country have closed after cases tied to students and staff members continue to climb. 

■ 18,032 people in Israel have so far tested positive for the coronavirus; 298 people have died. In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, 554 people tested positive; two people have died. In the Gaza Strip, 66 people were diagnosed and one person has died. 

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5:15 P.M. Health Minister Yuli Edelstein: Israel is hurtling toward 200 new cases a day

Amid a rise in coronavirus cases, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein visited Soroka Medical Center, medical facilities in Rahat and a general clinic in the Negev, according to a press release.

During the visit, the minister said that the increase in new cases, almost 200 a day, is “dramatic,” and added that ministry guidelines should not be treated as a recommendation, otherwise “the coronavirus will not leave us. The most effective way to treat the virus without harming the economy is strict enforcement.”