Israel recorded 3,074 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the country's biggest one-day spike since the pandemic began, according to the Ministry of Health.
The surge comes just two days after schools reopened, and two weeks before the high holidays in Israel, when Jews congregate in synagogues and homes to observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Though too recent to be a factor in the surge in cases, the reopening of the school year has the potential to exacerbate an already serious situation.
As the school year opened on Monday, Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein said the commencement of the school year was “a great success,” but also issued a warning.
“We have to live in the shadow of corona. It is not acceptable to me to hear claims of ‘There is no corona’ or of ‘Close everything’," Edelstein said.
He also said schools may have to be closed or limited in so-called “red cities” with high coronavirus infection rates, many of which are ultra-Orthodox cities or Arab cities,
Israel has now recorded a total of 122,539 coronavirus infections and 969 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.