January 21, 2022

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Corona Virus: Israel witnessed a record increase in infections

The current sharp increase in the number of cases is due to the spread of a new, highly contagious type of Omicron.

The Israeli Ministry of Health reported nearly 12,000 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the largest daily increase since the beginning of the pandemic. AFP reported that the number of patients with a severe course of the disease remained relatively low.

According to the ministry, they recorded 11,978 cases in Israel during Tuesday, which is more than 633 more than the previous record set on September 2, 2021, when the coronavirus variant dominated the delta.

There are currently nearly 60,000 active cases of COVID-19 in Israel, but only 125 people are in serious condition. Mortality is also still relatively low.

The current sharp increase in the number of cases is due to the spread of a new, highly contagious type of omicron. Recently, the Israeli authorities began administering a fourth dose of the vaccine to the most vulnerable groups: health professionals, people over 60 years of age and people with weakened immunity.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday called on his countrymen, adults and children, to get vaccinated. And he warned that the daily increases of infected people may soon rise to 50 thousand cases.

“The good news is that the vaccines are working, so those who can be vaccinated and who wear a headscarf are unlikely to get seriously ill and recover within a few days,” Bennett said during a visit to an Israeli hospital on Tuesday.

Nearly 4.3 of Israel’s 9.4 million people, who agreed to be vaccinated for the fourth dose last week as one of the world’s first, have already received a third dose of the Covid vaccine.

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However, about 30 percent of Israelis have never been vaccinated, and 9 percent completed the vaccination more than six months ago, so it has expired. Overall, about 61 percent of Israelis are vaccinated with the second or third dose.