בדיקות קורונה קופת חולים מכבי ירושלים
Testing for coronavirus in Jerusalem last month
Photo: AFP
Testing for coronavirus in Jerusalem last month

New daily coronavirus cases continue to decline, contagion rate at 5.2%

Health Ministry reports 4,624 new cases, while 1,198 people still battle virus in hospital with 729 in serious condition and 234 on ventilators; Death toll rises to 5,779 after 20 more people succumb to the pathogen

Yaron Druckman |
Published: 03.02.21 , 12:23
The Health Ministry on Tuesday said that the number of new coronavirus cases continued to decline and that 4,624 Israelis were confirmed to have been infected by coronavirus on Monday after 90,000 tests conducted indicating a 5.2% positivity rate.
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  • There are currently 1,198 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, 729 of them in serious condition with 234 on ventilators.
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    בדיקות קורונה קופת חולים מכבי ירושלים
    בדיקות קורונה קופת חולים מכבי ירושלים
    Testing for coronavirus in Jerusalem last month
    (Photo: AFP)
    After 20 people succumbed to the virus on Monday the death toll since the start of the pandemic stands at 5,779.
    The R factor, indicating the spread of the virus in the community, dropped from 1 to 0.97.
    The decline in morbidity is attributed to the successful vaccination drive after more than half of the 9 million Israeli citizens already received at least one dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine and more than a third having been vaccinated twice.
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    A 16-year old resident of Jerusalem receives a coronavirus vaccine
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    On Monda, 42,951 people receiving their first jab and 58,626 having been administered the second dose of the vaccine, a decline from 164,000 vaccines administered on the same day last week.
    The Health Ministry on Monday decided to administer a booster vaccine to Israelis that recovered from COVID-19 in order to increase their immunity to the virus.
    The government on Monday voted to open event halls and restaurants starting next week as Israel continued reopening its economy.
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    חיסון קורונה בירושלים
    The coronavirus vaccine ready to be administered in Jerusalem last week
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    According to the outline, cafes and restaurants will be able to serve patrons outdoors. Green Pass holders - those who had received both vaccine doses or recovered from COVID-19 - will be able to dine indoors as well, enter event halls, conferences and tourist attractions.
    The first round of leniencies will take effect on March 7 as school students from grades 7–10 are also planned to return to in-person learning in all communities with low coronavirus infection rates or those where over 70% of the public over the age of 50 has been inoculated.
    Coronavirus czar Nachman Ash warned ministered of a steep rise in the number of cases that could come as the result of further restrictions being lifted on Israelis.
    A report published by The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, published on Tuesday said there was a 7% to 10% rise in excess morbidity during 2020 especially in the Haredi and Arab sectors.

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