Israel Marks Over 8,000 Deaths in Pandemic

A medical worker conducts a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at a Magen David Adom testing center in Lod, Sunday. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

Israel marked a grim milestone on Monday as the national death toll due to the coronavirus pandemic passed 8,000, according to the Health Ministry.

Eleven fatalities were recorded since Monday morning, bringing the total to 8,010 since the outbreak 19 months ago.

The ministry also said that 357 people remain in serious condition with COVID. Another 1,004 cases were recorded since midnight Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Kan public broadcaster revealed that Israel is expected to allow tourists who received Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to enter the country and waive the quarantine requirement, on condition of an antibodies test.

The report comes ahead of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday.

The Russian vaccine, named after the world’s first satellite to symbolize Russia’s scientific prowess, Sputnik V has gained approved in 70 countries, excluding the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency.