Serious COVID Illness Drops as Israel Seems to Exit Delta Wave

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Jerusalem, on SundayCredit: Emil Salman
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The number of serious COVID-19 cases in Israel made a dramatic 10 percent drop overnight, Health Ministry data showed Tuesday.

For the second day in a row, Israel hit a two-month low in serious cases as the number dropped to 505.

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Out of those in serious condition, approximately 82 percent are unvaccinated, even though this group constitutes only 15 percent of the population.

On Monday, 51,240 people received their third dose of coronavirus vaccine, as the new Green Pass restrictions came into effect.

In general, the new eligibility rules stipulate that those reissuing their Green Pass must have received their third jab of the coronavirus vaccine, or their second dose in the past 6 months.

Of the 3,089 new case recorded Monday, over two-thirds were of unvaccinated people. The percentage of positive tests remained steady at slightly below three percent.

The country's R number, or the number of people each coronavirus carrier infects, remains low. It currently stands at 0.74, and has remained below 1 since September, a sign that the pandemic is contracting.

On Monday, Israel purchased 30 million rapid low-cost coronavirus test kits for home use by parents as part of the government’s “Green Class” school program, even though the kits have not been approved for use by Israeli laboratories. 

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