Some 734 new carriers of the virus have been identified and around 47,000 people have been tested. The number of tests processed on Shabbat is regularly significantly lower than on weekdays: last week, for example, between 93,000 and 120,000 tests were processed each day of the week.
However, the data confirms the encouraging trends the country has seen in recent weeks.
Serious patients fell to 388 from more than 730 three weeks earlier, 157 patients were intubated on Sunday morning from more than 200, daily deaths were recently less than ten from more than 20 a few days ago.
“Over the weekend, the number of severe corona patients fell below 400, and the positive trend continues,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at the opening of the cabinet meeting. “We can safely say that we’re beating the fourth wave, the Delta wave, but – it’s not over until it’s over. “
“While we manage the gradual exit of the Delta wave, we are preparing the groundwork for the Omega scenario, as a code name for a new variant, and of course we are preparing for winter, for the merging of influenza and COVID-19. He says further.
Bennett added that on Monday, the ministries of health and education will submit their recommendation for the green classroom plan and that it will be decided whether to expand the plan to preschools and extracurricular activities.
As part of the program, students exposed to a verified patient do not have to automatically enter quarantine. Instead, they should take a PCR test and, if negative, have a rapid antigen test every day for a week, followed by a final PCR test. As long as they are not positive at any time, they can continue to attend school.
At present, the program is only effective in “green” areas of the country, as defined by the Ministry of Health’s traffic light program, which qualifies municipalities as “green”, “yellow”. , “Orange” and “red” based on several parameters such as morbidity and vaccination rate About 78% of Israelis currently live in a “green” area.