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Coronavirus ward as Ziv Medical Center in Safed
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Coronavirus ward as Ziv Medical Center in Safed

Health Ministry posts 5,425 new cases of coronavirus

COVID-19 hospitalizations in serious condition reach 1,079, of which 307 patients on ventilators and fatalities rise to 5,171; almost one in every four Israelis received both coronavirus shots

Yaron Druckman |
Published: 02.08.21 , 21:26
The Health Ministry reported Monday evening that 5,425 new cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed out of some 63,000 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, meaning 8.6% of all tests yielded a positive result.
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  • There were 1,079 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in serious condition, of which 307 were connected to ventilators
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    Coronavirus ward as Ziv Medical Center in Safed
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    Out of 68,044 Israelis battling the virus across the country, Jerusalem reported the most active cases of any other city in Israel, with 9,645 active patients. The capital is then followed by Bnei Brak with 3,593 active cases, Tel Aviv with 2,521, Petah Tikva with 2,241 and Modi'in Illit with 2,196.
    The national COVID-19 death toll reached 5,171 fatalities after 43 Israelis passed away due to coronavirus-related complications on Sunday and another eight on Monday.
    By the Health Ministry's evening update, some 35,000 more people have been given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and another 46,000 received the second booster shot.
    So far, 23.12% of Israel's population has been given both shots.
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    Health worker administers COVID-19 vaccine in Hod Hasharon
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    Earlier on Monday, Health Ministry Director-General Hezi Levy said that if Israel's coronavirus numbers will not improve in the near future, officials may consider imposing a lockdown during the holiday of Passover for the second year in a row,
    In an interview, Levy told the Ynet studio that Israel is "walking a tightrope" as the country began to lift some restrictions after a weeks-long general lockdown despite a surge in COVID-19 cases.
    "I am very worried, the lockdown did not bring down serious cases and deaths to the levels we wanted and seen in previous shutdowns," he said. "If this current trend continues, it is possible we will [impose restrictions on Passover], for the second year in a row, unfortunately."
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