Israel on Wednesday reported its lowest coronavirus infection rate since the end of July as the country's fourth infection wave continues to decline.
The Health Ministry said 2,502 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, and after more than 115,000 tests had been conducted, the contagion rate now stands at 2.32%, which means one out of 43 tests came back positive.
The tally of severely ill on Tuesday fell below 500 for the first time in weeks and now stands at 487, of whom 190 are ventilated. After seven more coronavirus patients passed away on Tuesday, the official death toll now stands at 7,855.
Of the newly diagnosed, 38% are under the age of 11 and 14% are aged 12 to 18. In addition, 46% are from the general population, 41% from the Arab sector and 11% from the ultra-Orthodox.
Of the seriously ill patients, at least 361 are not vaccinated, 74 are vaccinated with only two vaccine shots and 33 with the booster. In addition, more than 77% of the severe patients are not vaccinated at all, compared to 7% who received all three vaccine doses.
In Israel, there are nearly 36,000 active coronavirus patients. At least 2,982 of them live in Jerusalem, 1,086 in Tel Aviv, 847 in Be'er Sheva, 810 in Bnei Brak, 721 in Netanya, 671 in Ashdod, 657 in Petah Tikva, 639 in Haifa, 601 in Tayibe, 576 in Nazareth, 540 in Beit Shemesh and 526 in Umm al-Fahm.
In the meantime, the coronavirus cabinet is expected later in the day to vote on easing the Green Pass restrictions, including scrapping of the mandate for open-air restaurants.
The cabinet is also expected to lift the restrictions for other open-air attractions such as jeep driving, kayaking and more.