Nearly 30,000 New COVID Cases in Israel

Healthcare workers take test samples of Israelis in a drive-through complex to check if they have been infected with the coronavirus in Yerushalayim. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel recorded 28,889 new COVID-19 cases over Shabbos, according to an update by the Health Ministry on Motzoei Shabbos.

The 200,000 tests taken on Friday saw Israel break its record number of daily cases, set the previous day. The number of patients with serious symptoms rose to 172, including 49 on ventilation.

Overall there are upward of 100,000 active cases across Israel. The dramatic hike in morbidity is driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned last week that Israel could reach 50,000 daily cases at the height of the wave.