Israel’s COVID Infection Rate Falls to Three-Month Low

YERUSHALAYIM -
Israelis receive their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a health-care maintenance organization, in Yerushalayim on Thursday. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

2,064 new cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed in Israel on Thursday, according to data released by the Health Ministry on Friday, a further fall from the 2,396 cases diagnosed  on Wednesday.

The percentage of tests coming back positive also fell Thursday, declining to 2.14%, down from 2.30% on Wednesday. That is the lowest level recorded since July.

The Health Ministry said that 663 patients are hospitalized with COVID.

The number of seriously ill patients also fell, to 460, down from 465 on Thursday. That is the fewest seriously ill COVID patients since Aug. 12. Of those, 227 are in critical condition, with 183 on respirators.

Meanwhile, 3,706,434 Israelis had received the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Friday morning.