The Health Ministry announces that there have been 88 new cases of the coronavirus so far on Monday as of 5 p.m., the highest daily number seen in months.
The figure is nearly double the 48 cases recorded Sunday.
The last time over 80 cases were recorded in a single day was April 29, when 94 cases were found, according to Health Ministry data. The final daily figure is likely to be even higher, though, with several hours yet to go in the day.
The city of Binyamina has seen the largest outbreak, with 43 confirmed cases there, making it the first city to be marked a color other than green on the state’s color-coded restriction system. There are 38 cases in Jerusalem, 36 in Modi’in and 16 cases in Tel Aviv, with all other locales nationwide having 15 cases or less.
There are a total of 387 cases nationwide, and 51 people hospitalized, including 24 in serious condition.
Ran Sa’ar, the head of the Maccabi health fund, tells Army Radio that he is seeing a large uptick in people getting vaccinated, and authorities are planning for those numbers to go up.
He also says people should not be too worried about the renewed outbreak, which he attributed to the Delta variant, so long as the government takes care of enforcing quarantine and making sure people get tested.