Although only 0.5 per cent of the smaller number of 38,938 tests performed on Saturday were 185, 185 people proved to be carriers of the virus, the number of those seeking hospital care among those previously diagnosed began to rise, currently 62, including the number of serious patients, which rose to 35. grew. 16 people are still being cared for on the ventilators, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
Critical cases include an unvaccinated pregnant woman and two children. In the past five days, 17 severe Covid patients were transported to hospitals in a state requiring urgent treatment, while in the 23 days from 5 to 28 June, only 16 patients had to be hospitalized.
They are continuing the campaign for rapid vaccination of 12-15 year olds, but so far only 13 per cent of 12 year olds and 20 per cent of 13-15 year olds have received at least the first dose of the vaccine.
The authorities are trying to curb the epidemic, mainly by checking passengers arriving at Tel Aviv airport at Ben Gurion,
to this end, they began construction on Friday of a huge tent at the airport to provide rapid mass testing. The 1,500-square-meter test point, organized jointly by the Ministry of Defense, Transport and Health and the airport supervisory authority, will be able to test 2,500 entrants per hour at dozens of new sampling stations.
Those arriving in Israel can only leave the airport after testing, and unvaccinated people will have to be quarantined at home until the second result of a second test in five days, which will be checked by the police and violated by severe fines.
A group of experts from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Saturday urged immediate action to stop the fourth wave of the epidemic, as they warned that the number of new infections could rise to 1,000 a day in two weeks, the Israeli-language Israeli news portal Israel reported.
It was predicted that vaccines would prevent infection in the delta variant by 60 to 80 percent, compared to 90 percent observed in other previous variants, but it was also stressed that vaccination would continue to be as effective in preventing serious diseases as before. About half of the new virus carriers are protected by vaccination.
The Israeli authorities will consider reinstating some of the previous assembly restrictions to reduce the spread of the about forty percent more contagious delta variant. The new government’s new corona virus cabinet is expected to meet this week as well to decide on the country’s next steps.
Israel’s daily incidence is currently around 300 and growing steadily, after several months when there were almost no new infections in the country following the widespread vaccination campaign.
In the vaccination campaign, which began in late December, 5,627,866 of Israel’s approximately 9.3 million people over the age of 12 have been vaccinated at least once with a vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. This represents 60.52 percent of the country’s population. Since the onset of the pandemic, 842,749 coronavirus infections have been identified. The disease has killed 6,429 people in Israel since February last year.
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