A team of researchers from the Racah Institute of Physics and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem estimated that in line with the country’s steady rise of coronavirus cases in recent weeks, more than 100 deaths can be expected in the coming weeks.

The study points to May 15, the date when events with large gatherings were permitted by the government, causing transmissions of the virus between two population groups: vulnerable and non-vulnerable individuals.

According to the researchers, Israel’s latest outbreak — identified in locations across the entire country — was caused by a 10-day infection spree in these large social events in closed spaces, Globes reported.

The study further suggests that a steep rise in hospitalizations over the next ten days is inevitable, and stipulated that halting the surge will only be noticed ten days after implementing countermeasures.