The number of serious coronavirus cases fell to a nearly three-month low of 254 on Monday, adding to hopes that Israel has managed to avoid another major wave of COVID infection fueled by the omicron variant BA.2.
The R number, representing the average number of people each coronavirus carrier infects, has fallen to 0.92, a day after falling below 1 for the first time in two weeks.
The R number is based on statistics from 10 days earlier, and a number below 1 indicates a decline in the spread of the disease. The 0.92 figure therefore reflects the situation on March 24.
The R number sunk below 1 in mid-January before rising again, hitting 1.43 just a week and a half ago.
Three people died of the illness on Sunday, bringing the total death toll to 10,530.
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Israel diagnosed 10,664 cases of COVID on Sunday, compared to nearly 16,000 the previous Sunday.