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Israel hits 400 serious COVID cases, cabinet meets on new restrictions

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Israel hits 400 serious COVID cases, cabinet meets on new restrictions
There were 694 people being treated for the virus in Israel’s hospitals. Some 64% of those patients defined as critical were fully vaccinated, compared to 32% who were not. Another 2% were in the process of being vaccinated and 2% were recovered. 
There were another 5,755 people diagnosed with coronavirus, according to the ministry, down from more than 6,000 the day before. Some 4.59% of people screened tested positive, also representing a slight decrease from 4.84%, where it stood on Tuesday. 

The death toll stands at 6,580. Since the beginning of August, 102 coronavirus  patients have died – almost twice as many as in July and more than 10  times as many as in June. “Without significant measures to slow the rate of infection,” a report by the Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center said Wednesday, “there is expected to be a dangerous burden on the hospitals.”
This is with the third shot vaccination campaign in full swing. More than 600,000 people over the age of 60 have received a third dose and health officials are discussing allowing those slightly younger to get a third shot as well. 
One source told The Jerusalem Post that such a decision could even be made in the coming days.
The coronavirus cabinet will vote on how best to stop the spread of the virus. At the forefront of the discussion is expected to be a plan to expand the Green Pass program and have it apply immediately to all sectors of the economy and for children as young as three. 
If the decision is passed, the state is likely to fund tests for children under the age of 12, who are not eligible for vaccination. The rapid testing system will also likely be expanded.
Also on the table is discussion about further limited gatherings to only 50 people in closed spaces and 100 in open spaces.  
The goal is to protect the hospital system from collapse and to ensure proper care of all patients who need treatment. 
On that front, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Wednesday plans to infuse some NIS 2.5 billion shekels into the health system. The money will be used to “double the capacity” of the system, he said – including adding new beds and staff, plus beefing up the country’s home hospitalization network.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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