Coronavirus Cases Continue to Drop as Death Toll Passes 6,000

Medical technicians test passengers for COVID-19 at Ben Gurion International Airport on March 8. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

The Health Ministry said on Monday morning that on Sunday 1,339 people tested positive for coronavirus after 55,225 tests had been conducted, putting the contagion rate at 2.4% – down from 2.9% reported a day earlier.

The basic reproduction number (R) also continues to decline and now stands at 0.76, meaning that on average, each carrier has infected less than one person.

While the R number in the general population currently stands at 0.77, in the chareidi sector it has dropped to 0.69. In the Arab sector, however, that number has increased and now stands at 0.85.

At least 622 patients are hospitalized in serious condition, of whom 211 are ventilated.

Meanwhile, the ministry said that as of Monday morning, 6,018 people passed away from complications related to COVID-19. At least 230 patients succumbed to the disease since the start of March.

According to the Health Ministry, 27 municipalities and quarters are still defined as “red” – indicating high infection spread – 76 as “orange,” 171 as “yellow” and 1,031 as “green.” Only 3.2% of the Israeli population live in “red” areas.

In addition, 5,163,482 Israelis have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while over 3.9 million have received both doses.

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