New Coronavirus Cases in Israel Hit 5-week Low

This comes as Israel continues to exit its third lockdown, while the coronavirus vaccination drive shows positive results, but slows down

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People walk on the Tel Aviv port promenade, yesterday.
People walk on the Tel Aviv port promenade, yesterday.Credit: Moti Milrod

Israel hit the lowest number of new cases in five weeks on Wednesday, data from the Health Ministry's rolling averages show.

On Thursday, the Health Ministry reported 5,540 new cases had been diagnosed the day before. Positive results amounted to 7.5 percent of the tests conducted, reaching 67,808 active cases. The death toll rose to 5,265.

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As of Thursday, 1,027 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, 387 of them in serious condition, with 315 on ventilators.

The news come as schools reopened in several cities throughout the country, another step in Israel's careful exit from its third lockdown. All eyes are now turned on the vaccination drive, which seems be slowing down as authorities contend with disinformation in specific communities.

Israel's rapid mass inoculation program has yielded encouraging results, early studies show, with a 53-percent reduction in new coronavirus cases, a 39-percent decline in hospitalizations and a 31-percent drop in severe illnesses reported among the first fully-vaccinated group 

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