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COVID czar says there could be up to 20,000 new cases a day currently

Coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka seen during a visit at a Safed hospital on August 24, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)
Coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka seen during a visit at a Safed hospital on August 24, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)

There are likely 15,000 to 20,000 new COVID-19 cases every day in Israel, says the official tasked with overseeing the country’s pandemic response, as health experts weigh resuming an indoor mask mandate to stem the renewed outbreak.

The rolling average of confirmed daily infections has jumped from 2,400 a day on June 6 to 7,661 on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Knesset’s Health Committee, Salman Zarka says the new coronavirus variant mutated from Omicron, known as BA.5, is quickly gaining traction and is more resistant to vaccines than previous strains.

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