Israel on Monday said the tally of coronavirus patients currently connected to ventilators is at an all-time high.
The Health Ministry said 1,878 patients currently hospitalized with the illness, of whom 1,140 are in serious condition. Of that number, 358 are ventilated, the highest the figure has been since the start of the pandemic.
The number new cases diagnosed on Sunday was 4,868, somewhat lower than the average figure reported over the recent weeks and which likely stems from limited testing. The ministry said over 53,000 coronavirus tests had been conducted on Sunday, of which 9.3% returned positive.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the outbreak on Monday reached the 600,000-mark.
The official death toll now stands at 4,419 after 60 people passed away from the virus on Sunday, which is also a record high. The figure is the highest since January 14, when 59 patients lost their battle with the disease.
In the meantime, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said that so far more than a million Israelis have already received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, with 193,000 people vaccinated on Sunday alone.
"Israel continues to lead the rest of the world with 3.7 million vaccinated, and we are starting the week with 200,000 vaccinated a day," Edelstein said.