Israel on Tuesday reported 714 new infections of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the highest daily number of cases since April 2, country’s health ministry said.

One person died from the disease, the ministry said in a statement.

Israeli authorities have so far reported 24,688 infections, including 320 deaths, and 17,272 recoveries.

Israel lifted most of the COVID-19 measures after the daily number of virus cases dropped below 20 last month.

The Israeli government has relaxed a lockdown imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus, reopening schools, universities, shopping malls and restaurants.

Nevertheless, the country’s Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Sunday that the country was experiencing a second wave of the pandemic and would take new measures to combat the illness.

Since first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions. The US, Brazil and Russia are currently the countries hardest hit in the world.

The pandemic has killed more than 505,500 people worldwide, with nearly 10.3 million confirmed cases and more than 5.23 million recoveries, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

*Writin by Zehra Nur Duz

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