COVID in Israel: Infection Rate Reaches Two-month High

Israel's current R number is the highest recorded since January 26, although it is far from the recent peak of 2.12 on December 30

Samuel Sokol is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem. He was previously a correspondent at the Jerusalem Post and has reported for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Times of Israel. He is the author of Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.
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A woman wearing facemask standing next to graffiti of a popup museum in Tel-Aviv, in February. Credit: Hadas Parush
Samuel Sokol is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem. He was previously a correspondent at the Jerusalem Post and has reported for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Times of Israel. He is the author of Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.
Sam Sokol

The COVID-19 infection rate known as the R number – the average number of people each coronavirus carrier infects – has been rising in Israel in recent weeks and now stands at 0.86, the highest figure recorded over the past two months.

The R number is based on statistics from 10 days earlier, and a number above 1 indicates that the pandemic is growing. It sunk beneath 1 in mid-January, bottoming out around 0.67 in mid-February before beginning to rise again.

Monday's R number is the highest recorded since January 26, although it is far from the recent peak of 2.12 on December 30.

Since a late January peak of over 85,000 daily cases, infections have fallen steadily, reaching 5,745 on Sunday and marking a steep decline of the omicron wave.

Also, 11.39 percent of all covid tests conducted on Sunday came out positive.

At the beginning of March, the government lifted the state of emergency declared when the pandemic erupted, designating it as “special health situation” for three months. However, a recently passed law allows the government to continue imposing restrictions on the public if a state of emergency is declared.

There are currently 36,590 active cases in Israel, 361 of them in serious condition, with 10,379 total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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