Health Ministry: Only Seven New Coronavirus Cases in Last Day; Malls, Markets Reopen

People in the Machaneh Yehudah market in Yerushalayim after it reopened according to the new government orders, Thursday. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

In their daily update on Thursday morning, the Health Ministry reported just seven new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections in Israel to 16,346.

The number of Israelis to fully recover from the virus now stands at 10,737 — twice the number of active cases, which is 5,370.

No new deaths were reported overnight, and the country’s toll stands at 239.

Only 69 patients of the 83 reported in serious condition are currently on ventilators.

These positive numbers have allowed Israel to slowly reopen the school system and the economy. On Thursday, Yerushalayim’s Machaneh Yehudah market reopened along with other outdoor markets, as well as malls, in keeping with recent government decisions to further lift the restrictions put in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The reopening was attended by Yerushalayim Mayor Moshe Lion, who said, “I wish everyone success. Everyone who is able to come within the framework of the restriction of 400 people should come here to Machaneh Yehudah to do their shopping, so that at least part of what was lost in the past two months will return.”