Coronavirus Israel Live: Top Health Official Says Renewed Outbreak ‘Can’t Be Ignored’

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. 

■ 19,237 people in Israel have so far tested positive for the coronavirus; 302 people have died. In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, 614 people tested positive; two people have died. In the Gaza Strip, 72 people were diagnosed and one person has died. 

– corona-stats

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1:20 P.M. Netanyahu and Greek PM say Greece will open to Israeli tourists August 1

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he aims to renew regular flights to and from Israel by August 1. In a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Netanyahu said: "We are looking now into reopening tourism, in which case Greece and Cyprus will be the first."

In a joint statement the two leaders delivered following their meeting at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Jerusalem, Mitsotakis added that foreign tourists are important to Greece and his country will prioritize tourist's health and safety. "If all goes to plan, on August 1 we'll open tourist destinations to Israelis."