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Israel has recorded its highest daily tally of new Covid cases so far since the start of the pandemic, with the number of cases in a single day surpassing 10,900 for the first time as schools prepare to open their doors to students.

As of Tuesday, Israel recorded 10,947 new Covid infections after 137,410 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours. This is the highest figure the Jewish state has seen since it recorded some 10,100 cases in mid-January at the height of the country’s third wave of Covid.

The new record comes as Israeli youth prepare to return to educational institutions on Wednesday for the new academic year. According to local media, a third of those who tested positive were under the age of 11, while cases among 12-18 year olds accounted for 15% of new infections. Only 4% of the last cases were in the over 60 age group.

Israel’s so-called “green pass,” which requires citizens to prove their viral or vaccine status to enter public facilities, was extended on Monday to cover teachers, nurses, doctors and caregivers. Staff working in education must present a vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, or proof that they have recently recovered from Covid.

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Tel Aviv announced at the end of July the deployment of a recall program for its most vulnerable population and has since lowered the eligible age limit four times. Eligibility was expanded on Sunday to include Israelis aged 12 and over.

More than 2.1 million people in Israel have received a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid vaccine – nearly a quarter of the eligible population. The percentage of the country’s population that received a first dose is just over 64%, while almost 59% are double-injected.

Since the start of the pandemic, Israel has recorded more than one million cases of Covid-19 and 7,043 deaths.

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