Some 1,805,109 Israelis have tested positive for coronavirus since the beginning of the year, the Health Ministry reported Sunday evening, accounting for over 20% of the country's population.
Meanwhile, 30,924 Israelis have tested positive for coronavirus since midnight, pegging average daily infections at 49,000 in 2022.
The Health Ministry reported the number of severe COVID-19 cases slightly dropped after earlier on Sunday it reached a new grim record. According to the report, the number of Israelis that are hospitalized in serious condition with complications of COVID-19 stood at 1,254, compared to 1,263 as reported in the morning hours. Of the gravely ill, 288 patients were connected to ventilators.
As a result, hospitals across the country are still facing overloads, and on Sunday Prof. Dror Mevorach, who heads a COVID ward at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem said "very little was done for the internal medicine wards, the ICUs and in the shortages of nursing staff," referring to the Health Ministry. here has been no long-term planning only temporary fixes and the medical teams are having a difficult time," he added.
"They had two years to try and fix things," he said, "but very little was done for the internal medicine wards, the ICUs, and in the shortages of nursing staff. There has been no long-term planning only temporary fixes and the medical teams are having a difficult time," he said.
The ministry also reported on yet another gloomy record, as only 61 Israelis received their first vaccine dose on Saturday, the lowest number since the beginning of the vaccination campaign over a year ago.
Since the outset of the pandemic, 9,175 Israelis succumbed to complications of COVID-19, 931 since the beginning of the year, of whom 231 in February, and 16 on Sunday alone.