7-Day Streak With Under 1,000 New COVID Cases

A Magen David worker takes a COVID-19 rapid antigen test from Israelis at a Drive-In COVID-19 rapid antigen test complex in Glilot. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Thursday marked Israel’s seventh day in a row with fewer than 1,000 new coronavirus cases reported. According to the Health Ministry, of the 79,539 Israelis it screened for the virus in the past 24 hours, 642 (0.81%) tested positive.

While last week an average of 1,224 people were found to carry the virus, this week that number decreased to 778. The reproduction rate, which relates to the number of people each confirmed carrier infects, stands at 0.72.

There are 10,031 active cases in the country with 332 patients hospitalized. Of those, 238 are in serious condition. Almost 80% of the seriously ill patients have never been vaccinated against the coronavirus.