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Coronavirus: Israel registers over 2,000 new cases

CM 27/07/2021

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Monday also marked the four month record of tests processed within 24 hours with some 95,000 tests. The positive rate stood at 2.3%, also marking an increase from previous days. On the previous day, some 1,400 cases were registered, but the number of tests was significantly lower (around 72,000).
In addition, the number of serious patients climbed to 138, compared to 124 on the previous day and 97 the day before. The figure has more than doubled in a week.
The reproduction rate, or R – which measures the number of people each virus carrier infects on average – continued to be over 1, showing that the outbreak is still expanding (an R lower than 1 would show that the disease is receding). On Tuesday it stood at 1.33.
Out of the people who tested positive over the last 24 hours, some 203 arrived in Israel via Ben-Gurion airport during the last 10 days.

“We see a very large rate of infection because of the Delta variant,” Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said while visiting the corona ward at the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva according to Hebrew site Ynet. “We warned about this and took measures and part of them is represented by preparing hospitals in Israel for the treatment of critically ill patients who are hospitalized as a consequence of the infection with the coronavirus.”
Over half of the current cases and two thirds of patients in serious conditions were fully vaccinated.
While the data helps explain while the rise in serious morbidity has been limited compared to the general morbidity – at the beginning of June there were some 20 serious patients with less than 200 active cases in the country, now there are 138 of them with over 13,000 active cases – health officials and experts have been worrying that the protection granted to the most vulnerable sectors of the population who were vaccinated first has been waning.
The vast majority of vaccinated people in serious conditions are elderly.
Horowitz said that Israel is getting ready to give relevant people a booster, if such a decision was made.
According to reports in Israeli media, most of the experts advising the Health Ministry support the decision in principle, even though the debate has been very heated, since a third shot has not obtained the authorization of the US FDA or any other major health authorities. 

Source: Jerusalem Post

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