Covid Deaths Up by 48, But Booster Helping

YERUSHALAYIM -
Medical staff at Ziv hospital in Tzefas getting their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Sunday. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The current wave of the coronavirus claimed 48 more fatalities since Sunday morning, reaching 6,830 since the pandemic began, according to a Health Ministry update.

The Ministry also reported that 5,380 new coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in Israel so far on Sunday, with 5.42% of tests coming back positive.

There are 669 serious cases among a total of 65,780 active cases, and 107 people are on ventilators.

Meanwhile, the booster shot received by 1.1 million Israelis is proving effective, as just 0.2 percent of that number have subsequently been diagnosed with COVID-19 after at least seven days passed since the shot, according to official figures reported by Channel 12 news.

The network also reported that the Green Pass is working. A new study shows that 58 percent of Israelis who got the vaccine say a significant consideration in doing so was in order to qualify for a Green Pass, which allows its bearers broader access to public places than the unvaccinated.

The study also found that 26% got the vaccine out of fear of sanctions in their workplace.