Virus cases reach daily high of 1,688 as Israel appears to slide toward lockdown

Border Police officers at a roadblock as ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for a protest against a lockdown in their neighborhood due to a coronavirus outbreak, in Jerusalem, July 13, 2020 (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Border Police officers at a roadblock as ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for a protest against a lockdown in their neighborhood due to a coronavirus outbreak, in Jerusalem, July 13, 2020 (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

An Israeli agency reported Tuesday morning that 1,688 coronavirus infections were diagnosed a day earlier, the highest number seen in any 24-hour period.

The figures from the Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center, covering Monday until midnight, showed a total of 179 serious cases, and 364 total deaths.

The statistics appeared to contradict a Health Ministry update from 10:30 p.m. Monday night, which counted 365 dead and 183 serious cases.

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