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Coronavirus: Only 0.2% of tests return positive, lowest in a year

CM 22/04/2021

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Only 0.2% of the coronavirus tests processed on Wednesday returned a positive result, the Health Ministry reported on Thursday morning. The figure marks the lowest positive rate in almost a year, since May 15, when Israel was just coming out from its first lockdown and many believed that the country had managed to defeat the virus.Back then, only 5,000 tests were administered in 24 hours, compared to some 47,000 tests performed on Wednesday, a number in line with previous week days.In addition, all trends related to the disease remain encouraging. For the past week, the number of new daily cases has not exceeded 150 – on Wednesday they were 111. Overall, the country has only 2.054 virus carriers, down from several dozens of thousands. The reproduction rate or ‘R’ remains steadily around 0.7, showing that the infections are steadily declining.Also the number of serious patients continue to drop, reaching 166. For several days in January and February they were as many as 1,200.As of Thursday morning, only one person was reported to have succumbed to the disease on Wednesday. While sometimes it takes longer than one day for corona-related deaths to be reported to the ministry, if the number was confirmed it would mark the lowest toll since June.On Thursday, Israel is expected to reach 5 million people vaccinated with two doses, while some 5.37 million have received at least one shot.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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