A quarter of Israelis infected with the coronavirus contracted it by going to shul, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.

According to the data, 24% of the patients were thus contaminated while going to the places of prayer, while 5% caught the virus in yeshivos.

Other hotspots of contamination were hotels (15% of infections), restaurants (12%) and supermarkets (7%).

In light of these figures, pressure has increased on the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to ban tefillos in the country’s shuls.