Despite Declining Key Metrics Serious Cases Persist


  • The number of serious hospitalized COVID cases decreased slightly.
  • Out of these, 377 are in critical condition and 293 are on ventilators.
  • It has been steadily decreasing since early January.

According to research, only around 30% of Israeli pupils who were mandated to take COVID antigen tests reported their results to the Education Ministry as reported by Haaretz.

Reduced COVID cases

As proof of vaccination requirements for most venues expired, the number of new coronavirus cases in Israel declined, as did the number of serious cases, according to Health Ministry data released Monday.

On Monday, the number of significant hospitalised COVID cases reduced marginally to 1,235, a 19-case decrease from the previous day. Three hundred and seventy-seven of them are in critical condition, and two hundred and ninety-three are on ventilators.

Declining epidemic

On Sunday, 52,600 persons tested positive for the virus, resulting in 212,865 tests. The percentage of positive tests was 28.16%, down slightly from the previous day.

The R number, which represents the average number of people infected by each coronavirus carrier, dropped to 0.84. Since early January, it has been progressively declining. The number is derived from data collected over the previous ten days, and any value less than one indicates that the epidemic is declining.

New cases

Israel’s COVID czar, Salman Zarka, stated on Monday that the BA.2 subvariant of omicron, which is more contagious than the main strain, had been found in 700 cases.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, 9,180 Israelis have perished as a result of the virus.

Verified patient

Starting Monday, only venues or events designated as “particularly high infection risk” will be required to present proof of vaccination.

The Education Ministry also released data on Monday revealing that just approximately 30% of pupils who were required to take antigen testing had reported their results to the ministry.

Students are not obliged to isolate if they have had contact with a verified patient under the new COVID rules, but must instead complete a quick antigen test twice a week.

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Source: Haaretz