מחלקת טיפול נמרץ קורונה בבית החולים איכילוב
Ichilov Medical Center's coronavirus ward
Photo: TPS
Ichilov Medical Center's coronavirus ward

Israel surpasses 5,000 new coronavirus cases for second day in row

With 97,395 tests conducted Tuesday, contagion rate climbs to 5.7%; Out of 40,929 patients battling the disease, 609 are in serious condition, with 154 connected to ventilators; death toll stands at 3,292; more than 650,000 Israelis already receive first dose vaccine

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Updated: 12.30.20 , 09:24
The Health Ministry Wednesday morning reported that 5,583 new coronavirus cases have been diagnosed on Tuesday, the second day in a row Israel records over 5,000 new daily infections.
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  • The death toll since the start of the pandemic stands at 3,292.
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    מחלקת טיפול נמרץ קורונה בבית החולים איכילוב
    מחלקת טיפול נמרץ קורונה בבית החולים איכילוב
    Ichilov Medical Center's coronavirus ward
    (Photo: TPS)
    Out of 40,929 patients battling the disease, 609 are in serious condition, with 154 connected to ventilators.
    With 97,395 tests conducted Tuesday, the contagion rate rose to 5.7%.
    The Health Ministry also reported Wednesday that more than 650,000 Israelis have already received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said 152,000 received their shots on Wednesday alone. "We are on our way to 1 million people vaccinated," Edelstein said. "That is how you beat the pandemic," he said.
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    יולי אדלשטיין
    Health Minister Yuli Edelstein
    (Photo: Alex Gamburg)
    On Tuesday, Edelstein announced that Israelis returning from abroad will no longer have to isolate themselves in state-run coronavirus quarantine hotels.
    Ministers originally introduced the measure last week for Israelis returning from the UK, South Africa and Denmark over fears of a new coronavirus strain, later expanding it to all returnees from abroad.
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    מלון דן בירושלים שהוסב למלונית קורונה
    A coronavirus hotel in Jerusalem
    (Photo: Shalev Shalom)
    The restriction garnered much criticism from people having to enter these hotels, with several instances of residents confronting security and IDF Home Front Command officials at the hotels over the conditions of their rooms or the efficacy of the measure.
    "Everyone returning from abroad, who is allowed to enter the country, should get tested immediately and self-isolate at home for two weeks or ten days if they undergo another test on the ninth day," Edelstein said.

    First published: 09:18 , 12.30.20
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