New bloom in virus cases met with more government authority: Israel Update
July 24, 2020
Israel saw over 2,000 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, according to health officials on Thursday. The officials also confirmed that the infection rate now stands at 8.3%, meaning, on average, every 12th Israeli tested for COVID-19 is testing positive. Of the 33,097 patients with active cases, 302 are in serious condition. Another 127 patients are in moderate condition, while the remaining have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. The ministry also reported seven fatalities, raising the death toll—from the onset of the pandemic—to over 440.
Thousands of demonstrators amassed near the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Thursday night, to protest against the government. At the same time, several hundred pro-Netanyahu demonstrators held a counterrally, nearby. When the 11:00 p.m. deadline for ending both events passed, police began forcibly evacuating those who had gathered. Police employed a variety of riot dispersal methods, including water cannons. By the end of the night, 55 people were arrested for disrupting public order and assaulting police officers. Anti-Netanyahu protesters have been holding regular rallies outside his Jerusalem residence—calling on the premier to resign due to his recent indictment on corruption charges. The counterprotest in support of Netanyahu was the first of its kind since the start of demonstrations against the premier.