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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11:59 A.M. Health minister warns against complacency, asks Israelis to take rising cases seriously

Speaking before the weekly cabinet meeting, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said there had been a five-fold increase in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the last day.

Edelstein said Israelis as a whole should be concerned, even if the increase seemed to have mostly taken place in one area of Jerusalem. "The steady rise began even before the Jerusalem school event," he said. "And even if the school data is cleared, the trend is still on the rise."