Serious patients, hospitalizations at the lowest since August – .

Serious patients, hospitalizations at the lowest since August – .

The number of severe coronavirus patients and hospitalizations in Israel continued to decline on Monday, according to the daily health ministry report which showed both figures were at their lowest since the first half of August.

Some 564 people were in serious condition, out of 1097 hospitalized – of which around 844 were in hospitals and the rest in geriatric facilities.

At the height of the fourth wave in recent weeks, the number has reached 740 and 1,700.

The new data confirmed the encouraging health trends of the previous days, with all parameters showing that the epidemic is receding.

Some 2,653 cases were identified on Sunday, with 2.83% of the nearly 100,000 people screened testing positive.

The two previous Sundays, the recorded cases were respectively 3,870 with 95,000 tests performed and a positivity rate of 4.18%, and 6,547 with 130,000 tests and a positivity rate of 5.17%.

Some 1,500 of the new virus carriers identified on Sunday were schoolchildren. However, among them, too, morbidity appears to be declining.

Young Israeli students accompanied by their parents attend school and kindergarten in Jerusalem on September 30, 2021. (Credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI / FLASH90)There are currently around 20,000 active cases among the students – up from more than 40,000 – while another 70,000 of them are isolated after being exposed to a verified patient. In the first two weeks of September, the number of students forced to self-quarantine without testing positive reached 120,000.

In the coming weeks, a new pattern of testing and isolation in the education system is set to allow students and teachers to get tested periodically and avoid quarantine unless infected.

On Monday, the reproduction rate, or R, had also remained below 0.8 for several days.

The rate measures the number of people each virus carrier infects and reflects a situation about ten days earlier. When it is less than 1, the disease is considered receding.

Meanwhile, the vaccination campaign also appears to be picking up speed after slowing down during the Jewish holiday season.

On Sunday, nearly 89,000 people were vaccinated, including nearly 12,000 people with their first vaccine, 7,000 with their second and 70,000 with a booster.


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