Highest Infection Rate in Israel Since Start of Fourth Wave

COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for Israeli kids are seen at a temporary testing station in Yerushalayim. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Israel on Monday reported its highest infection rate since the start of the fourth coronavirus wave in the country nearly two months ago.

The Health Ministry said 6,469 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, which is lower than the daily average reported in the past week, but the infection rate has climbed to 6.3% – the highest the figure has been in months.

The ministry said they had conducted over 102,000 coronavirus tests on Sunday, somewhat lower than the daily average of 130,000 tests reported over the past week.

At least 670 patients are in severe condition, of whom 108 are ventilated. The official death toll now stands at 6,830 after 16 patients succumbed to the disease on Sunday.