The Health Ministry reported that 1,072 new coronavirus cases were registered in Israel on Thursday, topping one thousand for the second day in a row. The results of 53,667 tests were moreover 2 percent positive. Of the 9,575 active cases, 275 were in serious condition and 117 on ventilators. The number total number of covid deaths rose to 2,834. Friday saw the reopening of 15 shopping malls, markets and four museums in a one week’s pilot scheme. All schools will reopen in stages over the next two weeks.