Coronavirus Israel Live: Temple Mount Complex, Al-Aqsa Mosque Reopens After More Than Two Months

Israel has seen a spike in coronavirus cases as it begins lifting restrictions on restaurants, bars, tourist attractions and other businesses. Despite the uptick, the country's number of COVID-19 patients remains low. 

■ 17,012 people in Israel have so far tested positive for the coronavirus; 284 people have died. In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, 554 people tested positive; two people have died. In the Gaza Strip, 61 people were diagnosed, 18 of whom recovered, and one person has died. 

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1:44 P.M. "Corona is not behind us," says Netanyahu

Israel's prime minister during remarks before the cabinet meeting, also asked Israelis to remain vigilant as cases rise. He once again urged the population to wear masks, exercise social distancing and keep strict hygiene. 

"In recent days, there has been an increase in cases and a general relaxing of discipline," Netanyahu said. "I don't know if I should use the terms 'meanwhile' or 'because,' the data is still unclear," he added.