First since March, 855 new cases; MP to address – .

First since March, 855 new cases; MP to address – .

Some 855 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Thursday, the highest since March, with 1.52% of return tests positive, according to an update Friday morning from the Ministry of Health.

The peak in daily cases comes after three consecutive days when there were more than 750 cases.

Of those infected, 52 were in serious condition and 17 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,443.

Some 51% of new cases were already vaccinated, as were 59.6% of critically ill patients.

In light of the expanding epidemic, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will hold an emergency meeting with ministers and experts from the ministries of Health, Defense, Public Safety, Finance, Transport and Economy Friday at 2 p.m.

On Thursday, Bennett announced the “Happy Badge,” a scheme to hold mass rallies, with the aim of slowing infection rates.

From Wednesday, access to weddings and similar events with more than 100 guests will be restricted to people who have been vaccinated, recovered or have a recent negative coronavirus test, said Bennett, Economy Minister Orna Barbivay and the Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz in a joint statement.

The new system will only be relevant for indoor gatherings where food and drink are served and where people sit and stand. There will be no cap for participants and people will have to wear masks.Rossella Tercatin contributed to this report.


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