New Health Ministry data issued as the Rosh Hashanah holiday ended Wednesday evening shows that some 20,000 new COVID-19 cases had been diagnosed over the holiday, which began on Monday evening.
The number of active cases stood at 85,617, of which 678 were in serious condition. Some 55 people died over the holiday, and the death toll stood at 7,260.
Testing centers throughout the country experienced congestion and extremely long waits, apparently as a result of less locations being active over the holiday, as well as many students going to get tested ahead of their return to school.
The Health Ministry instructs testing sites to continue operating late into the night.