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A child getting COVID vaccine in settlement of Efrat
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A drive through coronavirus testing site in Tel Aviv late last month

Israel's daily COVID tally exceed 700 for second straight day

Health ministry says R value - indicating spread of virus in community - is again over 1, while more than half of newly-diagnosed appear to be children under age of 11; 6 municipalities now classified as 'red,' indicating high infection spread

Yaron Drukman |
Published: 12.08.21, 13:10
Israel on Wednesday reported over 700 new COVID-19 for second consecutive day as the new Omicron variant appears to pick up pace.
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  • The Health Ministry said 786 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, and after 106,500 tests had been conducted, the infection rate now stands at 0.75%. The R value - indicating the spread of illness in the community - is reported to be above 1 for the second day in a row, having recently fallen below 1.
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    מתחם בדיקות קורונה בגני התערוכה בתל אביב
    A drive through coronavirus testing site in Tel Aviv late last month
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    According to the ministry, 56% of those found to have been infected were under the age of 11, some 7% were aged 12-15 and 4% only were in the over 60 age group – considered the at-risk section of the population.
    The data also showed that 54% of infections were found in the general population, 24% in the Haredi sector and 21% in the Arab sector.
    There are 142 people currently hospitalized for treatment after developing complications from COVID. At least 102 of them are in serious condition, of whom 59 are connected to ventilators. The number of hospitalizations is the lowest figure reported since late July.
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    A child getting COVID vaccine in settlement of Efrat
    (Photo: Yoav Dudkevich)
    There are now six local authorities in Israel classified as "red" due to high morbidity and two neighborhoods in Jerusalem with similar classification.
    In Tiberias, where 48 people are sick with the virus, a surge of 380% was reported in the past week.
    In the southern city of Ofakim a 210% surge was reported and in Ra'anana, north of Tel Aviv, the rise in cases has seen as a 180% increase.
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