Number of Hospitalized Coronavirus Patients Drops Below 1,000; 2.4% Positivity Rate

YERUSHALAYIM -
Health-care workers take test samples of Israelis in a drive through complex to check if they have been infected with the COVID-19, at the Golani Interchange, March 4. (David Cohen/Flash90)

A total of 2,821 new cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed in Israel on Thursday, according to data released by the Health Ministry on Friday morning.

The percentage of tests coming back positive increased slightly Thursday, after falling steadily for three days. Of the tests returned Thursday, 2.4% came back positive, compared to 2.9% of tests from Wednesday, and 3.4% of tests Tuesday.

There are now 35,576 known active cases of the virus in Israel, including 997 hospitalized patients.

The number of patients in serious condition continues to fall, dropping to 613. That is the lowest figure since December of last year.

Of those 613 seriously ill patients, 212 are on respirators.

The total number of coronavirus-related fatalities now stands at 5,975, including 14 deaths reported Thursday and two reported Friday morning.

Thus far, 5,110,698 people, or 55% of the population, have received at least the first dose of the COVID vaccine. Of those, 4,068,374 people, or 44% of the population, have received the second dose as well and are fully vaccinated.