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Coronavirus cases in Israel jump to nearly 5,600, death toll rises to 21

The Health Ministry on Wednesday raised the tally of people infected with the coronavirus to 5,591 as Israel recorded its largest single-day jump yet in new cases.

There was also another death from the virus overnight, bringing the number of dead in the country from COVID-19 to 21.

The ministry data showed 233 new cases since Tuesday night and 760 in the last 24 hours. The previous high for a 24-hour period was the 663 new cases recorded between Monday and Tuesday evenings, 527 of which were included in the latest Health Ministry tally.

There were 97 people in serious condition, three more than the previous night, with 76 attached to ventilators.

Another 118 people were in moderate condition and the rest had mild symptoms. So far, 226 Israelis have recovered from the virus.

Israel has been implementing increasingly stringent measures to thwart the spread of the virus, with citizens generally required to stay home, and was mulling placing a cordon around the predominantly ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, which has the highest infection rate in the country.

Header: Police officers detain a man in Beit Shemesh while enforcing social distancing rules on March 31, 2020. (Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)