Israel reported a record number of COVID-19 cases today.
The Israeli Health Ministry recorded 11,978 new coronavirus cases among Israel’s population of more than 9 million. Israel’s seven-day average is now around 7,000 daily cases, according to a ministry release.
The increase in cases in Israel is due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which has led to higher virus numbers throughout the world.
Deaths related to the virus are not increasing with the rising cases, though. Israel is actually averaging zero deaths a day from COVID-19, according to data from Reuters.
Israel has been one of the most aggressive countries in the world in terms of administering vaccines against COVID-19 as well as booster shots. Last month, Israeli health authorities approved a world-first fourth vaccine dose for the elderly and health workers.
The Israeli government also banned travel from several countries last month in an effort to mitigate the spread of Omicron.