Israel's active COVID-19 cases drop below 4,000. Image Source: IANS News

Jerusalem, May 29 : Israel's Ministry of Health has reported 79 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily rise since May 2. The total number of coronavirus cases in Israel reached 16,872, while the number of recoveries increased by 109 to 14,679.

The death toll from the virus rose to 284, with three new deaths reported, while the number of patients in serious condition dropped from 41 to 37, out of 106 patients currently hospitalized.

The ministry said on Thursday that it considered new steps to deal with the unusual increase in new infections with the deadly respiratory disease, Xinhua reported.

The ministry also urged the public not to be complacent, and strictly follow the guidelines on taking precautionary measures, including wearing face masks, ensuring hygiene and keeping social distance.

"The mood that the coronavirus pandemic behind us is wrong," the ministry added.

Part of the increase in coronavirus cases is related to a high school in Jerusalem, where 11 students and seven staff members were tested positive in recent days.

As a result, the school was closed, and by Sunday, coronavirus testing for all 1,400 students and staff is scheduled to be completed.

Earlier on Thursday, Israel's ministries of higher education, education and health announced that universities and colleges will reopen on Sunday, under restrictions.

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