Daily virus cases expected to reach up to 6,000 before restrictions have effect

The Health Ministry estimates that daily new coronavirus cases will reach 5,000 or 6,000 by the time restrictions that are expected to be reimposed next week start having an effect, Channel 12 reports.

The ministry expects at least 800 COVID-19 patients in serious condition at the same time by the end of January, which would put strain on Israel’s health system.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry’s director of public health, Sharon Alroy-Preis, says we’re at a “critical point” in the outbreak.

She says that in the ultra-Orthodox community the rate of positive test results has tripled in two weeks.