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More than 10,000 test positive for COVID by early evening

People line up in a queue at the entrance to a COVID-19 rapid antigen Magen David Adom testing center in Jerusalem's Cinema City on January 9, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
People line up in a queue at the entrance to a COVID-19 rapid antigen Magen David Adom testing center in Jerusalem's Cinema City on January 9, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

More than 10,000 people in Israel have tested positive for COVID as of 6:30 p.m., according to the latest Health Ministry statistics.

That figure is expected to climb by the thousands by tomorrow morning, when the full day’s figures have been reported.

More than 150,000 tests were carried out so far today, with more than 83,000 of them PCR tests, and the remainder Magen David Adom-administered rapid antigen tests.

On Saturday, 17,518 new COVID cases were reported, a slight drop from Friday, when a new daily record was set of 18,841. Fewer tests are carried out on Saturdays, when some testing stations are closed and many citizens stay home over Shabbat.

Currently, 542 Israelis with COIVD are hospitalized, and 204 are in serious condition.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said earlier today that he expects 2 to 4 million Israelis to be infected by COVID throughout the current wave.

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