Coronavirus Infection Rate Drops to Lowest Level in a Month

YERUSHALAYIM -
Healthcare workers test for coronavirus. (Yossi Aloni/FLASH90)

Figures marking a decrease from the high numbers over the weekend served to quell some concerns that were raised on Sunday, Yisrael Hayom reported.

A total of 7,686 new cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed across Israel Sunday, down from 10,183 new cases reported a day earlier. The percentage of tests returning positive dropped from 6.57% on Shabbos to 5.24% Sunday, marking the lowest level recorded since Aug. 13.

Israel has removed age limitations on the third dose of the vaccine, making it available to all ages. Experts have anticipated a decline in cases with Israel’s third vaccine rollout, and the numbers seem to indicate a trend along that line.

There are now 80,759 known active cases of the virus across Israel, including 1,114 hospitalized patients with COVID.

The number of seriously ill patients fell from 711 on Sunday to 691 Monday morning. Of those, 256 are in critical condition, with 187 on respirators.

On Monday, Magen David Adom and the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel announced the rollout of additional rapid coronavirus (antigen) test kits to parents ahead of the return to school following the Yom Tov season.