Serious coronavirus cases in Israel continue to plateau as the number of fully vaccinated Israelis who suffer serious symptoms drops.
According to Health Ministry data released on Thursday, the number of seriously-ill coronavirus patients currently stands at 680. The number of fully vaccinated Israelis who suffer serious symptoms continues to decline: From 364 on Sunday it dropped to 314 on Thursday. The unvaccinated minority (20% of the eligible Israelis) now make up for more than half the serious cases - 349 in total.
Israel reported on Thursday 8,800 new coronavirus cases, marking a decline from yesterday's number which stood at 10,010. Israel also registered a minor drop in the positive test rate which currently stands at 6.57 percent, while on Wednesday's figure was 6.69 percent.
The COVID-19 infection rate, known as the R number – the average number of people each coronavirus carrier infects – also waned to 1.13 from 1.15 the previous day.
On Wednesday a study, based on Israeli data, found that the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine marginally increases the risk of heart inflammation, however the risk is higher among those infected with coronavirus.
Also on Wednesday, the Education Ministry said there is no way to prevent children who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus from coming to class during the school year that starts next week.
Seven Israeli hospitals started working in a reduced capacity on Wednesday, to protest what they say is a lack of government funding.
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The so-called “public” hospitals, which are run by nonprofit organizations rather than the government or the country’s health maintenance organizations, announced that they will only perform life-saving procedures.