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Over 50,000 new infections confirmed over weekend as serious cases jump to 387

People, some wearing face masks, shop at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, on January 13, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
People, some wearing face masks, shop at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, on January 13, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

New Health Ministry figures show over 50,000 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed this weekend.

The ministry says 39,015 people tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday and that another 11,351 Israelis have been diagnosed today, bringing active infections to 267,734.

The number of serious cases jumps to 387, including 93 people on ventilators.

The death toll stands at 8,303, up five from yesterday.

The positive test rate continues to rise, hitting 14.02 percent yesterday, while the R-rate — which measures how many people each COVID carrier infects — dips to 1.71.

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