For second day, Israel sees over 2,000 new daily coronavirus cases

Health officials say the infection rate now stands at 8.3%, meaning every 12th person tested for COVID-19 turns out to be positive; 3 more patients pass away from the virus, bringing death toll to 433

Adir Yanko|
The number of new daily coronavirus cases in Israel has surpassed the 2,000 mark for a second day in a row, health officials confirmed Thursday.
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  • The Coronavirus National Knowledge and Information Center reported that on Wednesday at least 2032 people tested positive for COVID-19, putting the contagion rate at a startling 8.3%.
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    Coronavirus drive-in testing center in Ramat HaSharon
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    The latest tally indicates that every twelfth Israeli tested for coronavirus, has turned out to be positive.
    The Health Ministry also corrected Tuesday's tally of new virus patients from 1,975 to 2002, meaning the country has passed the worrying mark for two days straight.
    The report said three more have succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll from coronavirus-related complications since the start of the epidemic to 433.
    The number of patients is a serious condition has increased to 295, of which 79 are ventilated.
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    Coronavirus testing center in East Jerusalem
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    The report said in Beitar Illit, 25% of all coronavirus tests conducted in the past seven days returned positive. In Elad, 22% of all tests returned positive, in Beit Shemesh, 20%, in the Haredi city of Bnei Brak, 19% and in Modi'in Illit, 18% of all tests were positive.
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