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A Be'er Sheva high school during coronavirus
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Coronavirus ward at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center

Israel sees 6.6% virus infection rate with 5,135 new cases

Health Ministry says 69 people died from coronavirus-related complications since the start of 2021, bringing overall death toll to 3,416; Israel ranks 3rd in the world in number of infections per capita

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Published: 01.04.21 , 09:04
Israel on Monday reported 5,135 new daily coronavirus cases diagnosed a day earlier, with the infection rate climbing to 6.6%.
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  • The Health Ministry said that on Sunday medical authorities conducted 79,395 COVID-19 tests and 134,226 vaccinations against the pathogen.
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    Coronavirus ward at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center
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    At least 731 patients are in serious condition, of whom 201 are ventilated. The official death toll now stands at 3,416 after 12 more people passed away on Sunday. The Health Ministry said 69 people died from coronavirus-related complications since the start of 2021.
    Over the past week, 38,228 new infections were reported in Israel, an average of 5,461 diagnoses per day. At the peak of the second wave in late September and early October, a similar national average of 5,660 cases was reported. However, the number of tests conducted in recent days is much higher than the number of tests performed during the second wave.
    According to Oxford University, Israel over the past week has been ranked third in the world when it comes to infections per capita, surpassed only by the U.S. and Britain.
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    A Be'er Sheva high school during coronavirus
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    In the meantime, the coronavirus cabinet is set to convene on Tuesday to debate tightening the current nationwide lockdown. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be in favor of a stricter closure for a period of at least 10 days, while Defense Minister Benny Gantz opposes the total shutdown of schools.
    The heads of some local authorities decided to independently close parts of the education system due to fear of widespread outbreaks.
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