A highly contagious variant of omicron is spreading in Israel. 254 people are hospitalized there and the condition of 84 of them is described as critical. More than 12 percent of the tests returned last day, which is close to the worst period in September 2020, when over 15 percent of those tested were positive.
Of the more than 222,000 active cases, 198,000 have been diagnosed in the past seven days. More than 156,000 Israelis are quarantined due to infection or contact with the infected. The reproduction number indicating the rapid spread of the disease is now at 2.02.
The number of patients is increasing in all groups of the population – the army has 7,395, which is five times more than last week’s data. There are also 11 members of the 120-member parliament. Among the active cases are 73,550 school children and another more than 98,000 are in solitary confinement. But Education Minister Jifat Shasa-Biton said today that she did not intend to close schools because “school closures have a negative impact on children.”
Today, the Šeba Clinic near Tel Aviv opened the first pediatric ward for patients with covid-19. It has a capacity for 12 children and the same for their parents. There will be dozens of teachers who will teach in Hebrew, Arabic and English. The management of the department expects that the capacity will be filled within ten fortnight and another will need to be opened.
Israel has more than 1.5 million infected and 8,274 deaths since the epidemic began. Almost six million people are fully vaccinated, 4.3 million received the third dose and over 413,000 the fourth.
Tunisia, with a population of 12 million, announced today that it is reintroducing a night curfew as well as a gathering ban, starting on Thursday. The measure will last two weeks to help slow the spread of the disease. People should refrain from traveling within Tunisia unless necessary. The North African country introduced a curfew at the beginning of the epidemic in 2020. It was valid for most of last year, it was lifted in September. It will now apply between ten o’clock in the evening and five in the morning.
Saudi Arabia has had 5362 new infections and two deaths in the past day. The highest daily increase to date was 4919 cases in this country of 35 million. At the beginning of the year, the kingdom renewed its obligation to wear veils. Other Gulf States in Qatar and Kuwait also recorded the highest daily data in infected numbers.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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