Israel is experiencing the advent of the second wave of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, a senior Health Ministry official warned.
Professor Sigal Sadecki, head of public health services at the Ministry of Health, addressed the Knesset’s special Corona Committee on Tuesday and said she is “sorry to announce that the virus is back.”
“We see a clear correlation between the opening of the economy and the rise in morbidity,” she said, noting that there is a significant increase in the number of cases found throughout the country, with an emphasis on children in the school system.
Israel eased many of the Coronavirus-related restrictions, including the reopening of the school system, following the significant drop in the number of patients documented daily to about 20, which has since risen to close to about 170 a day.
However, the number of patients on life support remained low at 27, an increase of two patients since Monday.
The Ministry of Education updated Tuesday that the total number of patients in the school system was 614, out of about 2,300,00 students and 200,000 staff members.
The total number of closed educational institutions stood at 171, out of about 5,200 schools and 20,000 kindergartens.
Over 22,050 staff and students are in preventative isolation until the epidemiological investigations into their cases are completed.
“There is an increase in morbidity in 57 localities and this is not a fact that can be ignored,” Sadecki underscored.
As of Tuesday, Israel had 3,621 active patients, including 36 in serious condition.
A total of 19,338 of Israelis have been infected with the virus since its onset, and 15,415 have recovered. 302 have died.