COVID in Israel Recedes, Severe Cases Reach Three-month Low

Israel's COVID infection rate also continues to decline, suggesting that a surge in infection caused by the omicron variant BA.2 has been blunted

A medical clown in Israel in January.
A medical clown in Israel in January.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

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.

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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.

Israel diagnosed 10,664 cases of COVID on Sunday, compared to nearly 16,000 the previous Sunday.

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