COVID in Israel: Serious Cases Drop as Fourth Wave Shrinks

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The Carmel market in Tel Aviv, this week.
The Carmel market in Tel Aviv, this week.Credit: Hadas Parush

The number of serious cases in Israel has been decreasing for over two weeks as the country's fourth coronavirus wave keeps waning, Health Ministry data released on Thursday shows. 

Israel has logged 1,732 new COVID cases on Thursday. Of the newly confirmed cases, 74 percent were unvaccinated, and 9 percent had received a booster shot. According to ministry figures, 403 patients are now hospitalized in serious condition and have been falling over the past 18 days. 

In addition, 1.73 percent of the 105,742 tests conducted on Wednesday came back positive. This number marks a slight increase from the previous day. 

Two people died of the coronavirus on Wednesday, raising Israel's COVID death toll to 7,959.

On Wednesday, about 13,000 people received their booster shot – and 3,797,909 people in Israel have now received all three doses of the vaccine.

However, the number of people who received the third dose this week is lower compared to last week.

The Health Ministry said Wednesday that those who meet the new criteria for the Green Pass – Israel's proof of vaccination  no longer need to quarantine after coming into contact with a confirmed carrier.

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