At Least 80 Chinese Construction Workers Infected With COVID in Jordan Valley

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A Coronavirus vaccination center in Ramat Gan, in October.
A Coronavirus vaccination center in Ramat Gan, in October. Credit: Hadas Parush
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At least 80 Chinese construction workers who have a permit to work in Israel tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.

The outbreak started when eight people who worked at the same construction site in the Jordan Valley got infected with the virus. As of now, out of 260 people who tested for the virus, 80 were found positive, accounting 30 percent of the tests.

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The Health Ministry is conducting DNA sequencing in order to rule out the possibility that the workers are infected with a new variant.

Other workers who work in the area are being tested in order to cut the chain of infection. The Health Ministry is now considering moving all the workers to quarantine hotels, since they all live in shared housing.

Some of the workers have either received a Chinese vaccine before their arrival to Israel, a Pfizer vaccine in Israel or haven't been vaccinated at all.

Israel continues to log a steady decline in coronavirus cases. According to Health Ministry data, 688 patients tested positive to the virus on Monday. Out of 90,000 tests conducted on Monday, 0.78 percent have returned positive.

As of Tuesday, 210 patients are in a serious condition, the lowest number since August 1. Out of the seriously ill patients, 126 are on ventilators. Meanwhile, the death toll from the pandemic has also reached 8,103 as the number of Israelis who have received the booster shot approaches 4 million. 

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