Israel counts 50 COVID-19 deaths a day on average in February

Bleak statistic comes as this month's death toll exceeds 1,000, compared to January's 674 fatalities; severe cases continue to fall and stand at 775; 17,658 Israelis test positive for coronavirus

Israel reported on Monday that the country's average daily COVID-19 death toll has reached 50 in February.
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  • The Health Ministry reported that 38 COVID-19 patients succumbed to complications from the virus on Sunday alone, pushing the total death toll up to 9,971 and one step closer to the grim 10,000-death milestone.
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    COVID ward at Shaare Zedek Medical Center
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    Since the beginning of February, 1,002 Israelis died of COVID, compared to 674 throughout the entirety of January.
    Meanwhile, other COVID metrics continued to fall, as Israeli hospitals were treating 775 coronavirus patients in critical condition, including 240 who were connected to ventilators.
    Health authorities also reported that 17,658 Israelis have tested positive for new coronavirus of 92,052 tests carried out Sunday, putting the pathogen's positivity rate at 19.2%.
    The virus' reproduction rate, or R-number, remained unchanged and stood at 0.67. The R number guages the average number of secondary infections produced by a single virus carrier.
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    COVID ward Rambam Health Care Campus
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    The number of active coronavirus patients also continued to drop and stood at 117,482 compared to 425,008 at the beginning of the month.
    Since the launch of its vaccination campaign, 18 million vaccines have been administered in Israel, including 4.4 boosters and 711,696 Israelis have been vaccinated four times against the virus.
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