New statistics published by the IDF’s Coronavirus Task Force finds that Israel’s daily confirmed cases are now the highest in the world relative to the population, website N12 reported on Thursday

The report also notes a sharp spike in the number of serious cases. It “has increased more than tenfold in the last three months and reflects an authentic increase in morbidity,” the report says.

The total number of active cases is 68,811. There are 810 serious cases, of which 206 are on ventilators.

Another number causing concern is the positive test rate – that is the percentage of individuals tested who are found to be infected. It’s now 13.6%. That’s up from last Tuesday’s 11.2%. The number Israel says it wants to be at is 7%.

Several hospitals reported they have exceeded their capacity and are sending coronavirus patients to other healthcare facilities.

Adding to the pressure on the hospitals, which have shown signs of cracking, is the fact that many hospital staff have come down with corona or are in isolation for being in contact with infected individuals.