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PM, health minister hold urgent consultations as COVID cases hit new high

Serious cases continue to gradually rise, 217 hospitalized with 43 on ventilators; Health Ministry chief warns morbidity situation is 'worrying,' urges Israelis to adhere to guidelines and 'save lives'

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Updated: 08.02.21, 21:41
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held urgent consultations with Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz on Monday evening after the Health Ministry reported that 2,441 new coronavirus cases diagnosed in Israel since midnight, the highest daily rise in infections during the current wave, which is still expected to rise.
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  • Bennett was reported to consider providing a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to younger Israelis after the over 60 population was already advised to receive the jab.
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    A child being tested for coronavirus
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    According to the ministry, at least 10 Israelis succumbed to the virus since Sunday, raising the death toll to 6,486.
    after 70,000 tests were conducted so far on Monday, the infection rate stands at 3.6%.
    The coronavirus cabinet will meet on Tuesday to consider imposing quarantine on arrivals from more countries with health officials suggesting all arrivals may have to be quarantined.
    At least 201 of the newly diagnosed, approximately 10%, arrived from abroad. Some 73 people arrived from Turkey, 34 from Greece, 12 from the United States, 11 from Bulgaria and 10 from Georgia.
    In addition, a small number of verified coronavirus patients returned from Cyprus, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Thailand, Finland, the Netherlands, Croatia, Romania, Italy, France, and Egypt.
    The cabinet will also consider imposing further restrictions on gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
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    Professor Nachman Ash briefing reporters on the government's coronavirus response on Monday
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    Earlier Monday, Health Ministry Director General Prof. Nachman Ash expressed concern over the continued rise in coronavirus cases.
    "The situation is worrying," he said during a press briefing. "This morning again we saw a rise in both normal and serious illness. I call on everyone to adhere to guidelines, use face masks and follow the Green Pass or any other directives. Keeping in line with these measures saves lives. We are all obligated to do so."
    The Health Ministry chief said he was encouraged by the number of Israelis over 60 who were getting their third vaccine dose, with 45,000 having received booster shots so far.
    He added that no "special side effects" had been reported among those who received the third jab.
    First published: 21:12, 08.02.21
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