Israel recorded 1,165 new infections from the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, according to the Health Ministry. 

Israel’s overall virus case count now rose to 306,303, including 2,278 deaths, and 283,205 recoveries, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry added that 991 patients remain in critical condition.

Last week, the Israeli Ministerial Council for Coronavirus Affairs ordered a gradual lifting of the tight lockdown that was imposed last month to stem the spread of the pandemic.

* Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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