COVID outbreak at Jerusalem high school puts seniors back on Zoom

Renee Ghert-Zand is the health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Classes for 12th-grade students at the Hebrew University High School in Jerusalem (known as Leyada) were moved to Zoom this week after 38 students and four staff members tested positive for COVID and were told to isolate at home

It is believed that the students and teachers were infected while participating in a recent off-campus activity.

The latest COVID statistics from the Health Ministry indicated that 20 percent of Israelis tested were positive for the virus. There were 988 new COVID cases last week, a 1.8% increase over the previous week. There are currently 1,093 active cases, among them 282 being treated in hospitals. Forty-seven patients are in critical condition, with 11 on ventilators.

The numbers are believed to not fully reflect the rate and spread of the virus, as only patients actively treated in hospitals or community health centers are included in Health Ministry information.

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