The highest daily coronavirus infection rate in 2 months was registered in Israel, with 125 people testing positive after local outbreaks of the delta variant had been reported across the country.
The director-general of the Health Ministry, Chezy Levy, told Israeli television that about 70% of the new infections were with the Delta variant. He also noted that half of those infected were children, and that a third of those infected had been vaccinated.
The delta variant was first discovered in India and is considered highly contagious.
As recently as mid-June, new daily infections in Israel were only registering in the single digits. A requirement to wear masks was lifted nationwide last week.