“Second wave” admitted. Another 19 schools closed across Israel

More than 8,300 pupils and teachers were in isolation on Thursday after the shutdown of 72 schools owing to 285 confirmed cases of coronavirus among students and teaching staff. Four of the new quarantined schools are in Tel Aviv and its environs and three in Ashdod. Parents of in the southern city of Beersheba are keeping primary schoolchildren home until classes are split into small groups.

The Ministry of Health reported that across the country, 47 new cases were diagnosed with covid-17 raising the total on Thursday to 17,377. Another 32 cases boosted the actively ill number to 2,103 including 27 in serious condition and 25 on ventilators. The death toll stood at 291 with the addition of another two fatalities.

The Ministry of Health warns that the national figures, including small children and babies, and the outbreaks at schools across the country, signal a serious new  coronavirus assault is coming in two weeks’ time.

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