489 New Coronavirus Cases at 1.3% Positivity Rate

Health care workers take test samples of Israelis to check if they have been infected with the coronavirus. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

The Health Ministry reported Thursday morning that 489 new coronavirus cases had been diagnosed the previous day.

39,661 tests were conducted, showing 1.3% of coronavirus tests as positive, compared to 1.0% on Tuesday and 0.9% on Monday.

The infection coefficient rose to 0.64 – the highest it has been in the past few weeks.

The number of serious cases, however, has continued to drop, and now stands at 385 patients.

Of these, 214 are in critical condition and 187 are on ventilators.

So far, 6,214 coronavirus patients have died of the disease.

The death toll since the start of the pandemic stands at 6,214.

Though Israel’s vaccination campaign is ongoing, the vast majority of those being vaccinated are receiving their second dose, and nearly all of those who have received the first vaccine have also received their second: Out of 5,244,481 Israelis who have received their first dose, 4,785,534 have received their second dose as well.

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