Health Ministry: A Third of Israel’s Coronavirus Victims Passed Away in January

Workers from Chevra Kadisha Kehilat Yerushalayim get dress with full protective gear before a levayah for a person who died from coronavirus, at the Sanhedria Cemetery in Yerushalayim last week. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

One-third of Israel’s coronavirus victims passed away in January alone, health officials said on Monday.

The Health Ministry said 1,433 people passed away from coronavirus last month, bringing the official death toll to 4,796. Thirty-one patients passed away on Sunday alone.

Meanwhile, 5,140 people tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday after 54,737 tests had been conducted, bringing the infection rate to 9.7%.

1,140 patients are hospitalized in serious condition, of whom 315 are ventilated.

Health officials said that 30.6% of patients hospitalized in serious condition are below the age of 59.

In addition, 167 patients in their 50s are hospitalized in serious condition, 99 patients in their 40s, 50 in their 30s, 20 patients in their 20s, along with six children who are currently being treated in hospitals after developing complications from coronavirus.

There are 68,331 active patients currently ill with the coronavirus.

In the meantime, 131,000 more Israelis were vaccinated on Sunday, bringing the number of vaccinated in Israel to almost 3.1 million, of whom 1.8 million have received both doses of the vaccine.

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