JERUSALEM, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 1,640 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total infections in the country to 79,559.
The death toll rose by 11 cases to 576, while the number of patients in serious condition rose from 345 to 358, out of 777 patients currently hospitalized, the ministry said.
The total number of recoveries surged to 53,427 with 2,032 new recoveries, while that of active cases dropped to 25,554, it added.
Earlier on Thursday, Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced that Israel will begin trials of a COVID-19 vaccine right after the upcoming Jewish holidays which end on Oct. 10.
In a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter, the minister noted that the trials would be carried out by Israel's Institute for Biological Research, which he visited on Thursday.
Also on Thursday, Israel's cabinet approved the cancellation of restrictions on opening businesses over the weekends and visiting public playgrounds.