Israel Reports Lowest Rate of COVID Infections Since July

Healthcare workers take test samples of Israelis in a drive-through complex to check if they have been infected with the coronavirus, in Modi’in. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

On Wednesday, Israel reported its lowest coronavirus infection rate since the end of July as the country’s fourth infection wave continues to decline.

The Health Ministry said 2,502 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, and after more than 115,000 tests had been conducted, the contagion rate now stands at 2.32%, which means one out of 43 tests came back positive.

The tally of severely ill on Tuesday fell below 500 for the first time in weeks and now stands at 487, of whom 190 are ventilated. After seven more coronavirus patients passed away on Tuesday, the official death toll now stands at 7,855.

Of the newly diagnosed, 38% are under the age of 11 and 14% are aged 12 to 18. In addition, 46% are from the general population, 41% from the Arab sector and 11% from the ultra-Orthodox.

Of the seriously ill patients, at least 361 are not vaccinated, 74 are vaccinated with only two vaccine shots and 33 with the booster. In addition, more than 77% of the severe patients are not vaccinated at all, compared to 7% who received all three vaccine doses.

In the meantime, the Coronavirus Cabinet is expected later in the day to vote on easing the Green Pass restrictions. The Cabinet is also expected to lift the restrictions for open-air attractions such as jeep driving, kayaking and more.