With Nearly Half of Israelis Fully Vaccinated, Coronavirus Cases Plummet

The R-number reached a of 0.7, while the number of seriously ill patients and negative tests also hits new lows

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Israel's vaccination campaign was dramatically reflected in key coronavirus indicators on Wednesday, as daily COVID-19 cases, the rate of infection and the percentage of positive tests continued to plummet, according to data sets from the Health Ministry and the Israeli army. 

According to the data, the R-number – the average number of people each coronavirus carrier infects – dropped to 0.7, the lowest figure in months. 

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With 47 percent of Israelis fully inoculated, and 55 percent receiving at least one dose, other measures also showed marked improvement.

The army figures also revealed that only 2.1 percent of coronavirus tests returned positive in the past day, a fall of almost half from a week ago.

Although 1,472 new cases were reported on Tuesday, the data sets revealed a drop in the number of actively ill Israelis, the number of Israelis in serious condition and the number of patients that required hospitalization. 

Currently, 579 Israelis are in a serious condition and 203 are on ventilators.

In the ultra-Orthodox community, the R-number was lower than the Israeli average, at 0.6, while Israel's Arab population fell slightly to 0.82. 

With the bulk of the older demographics receiving their inoculations, half of all new cases on Tuesday represented those aged 19 and under, although very few people from the age bracket became seriously ill, the IDF figures showed. 

Since the start of the outbreak, 6,048 Israelis have died from coronavirus.

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