News portal Jedi Ahronot reported that the number of serious cases of a disease called Covid-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Israel began to rise in the fourth wave of the epidemic caused by the delta variant. Sunday at MTI.
Although only 0.5 percent of the smaller number of 38,938 tests taken on Saturday was 185, and 185 people tested positive for the virus, the number seeking hospital care among those previously diagnosed began to rise. , currently 62, including the number of infected. Serious patients whose number increased to 35. It grew. 16 people are still receiving care on ventilators, according to Health Ministry data.
Critical cases include a pregnant woman and two unvaccinated children. In the past five days, 17 patients with severe COVID-19 were hospitalized in a condition requiring urgent treatment, while in the 23 days from June 5 to 28, only 16 patients were hospitalized.
They are continuing their rapid vaccination campaign for children aged 12 to 15, but so far only 13 percent of 12-year-olds and 20 percent of 13-15-year-olds have received at least their first dose. of the vaccine.
The authorities are trying to limit the epidemic in the first place by screening passengers arriving at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, and for this purpose they began building a huge tent at the airport on Friday to provide quick mass checks. The 1,500-square-meter test point, which is jointly organized by the Ministry of Defense, Transport and Health and the Airport Supervisory Authority, will be able to test 2,500 participants per hour at dozens of new sampling stations. Those coming to Israel can only leave the airport after the test, and unvaccinated people will have to quarantine at home until the second result of the second test within five days, which will be checked by the police and violated with heavy fines.
A group of experts from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Saturday urged immediate action to stem the fourth wave of the pandemic, as they warned that the number of new infections could rise to 1,000 per day within two weeks, the Israeli-language news portal Israel reported. Vaccines were expected to prevent infection in the delta variant by 60 to 80 percent, compared to the 90 percent observed in the other previous variants, but it was also emphasized that vaccination would still be as effective in preventing serious diseases as before. About half of new virus carriers are protected by vaccination. The Israeli authorities will consider restoring some of the previous restrictions on gathering to limit the spread of more than forty percent of the delta-infectious variant. The new coronavirus cabinet is also expected to meet this week to decide on the country’s next steps.
The daily infection rate in Israel is currently around 300 and it is steadily increasing, after several months there have been almost no new infections in the country as a result of the massive vaccination campaign.
In the vaccination campaign, which began in late December, 5,627,866 out of a total of 9.3 million people in Israel over the age of 12 were 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 outbreak of the epidemic, 842,749 cases of coronavirus have been identified. The disease has killed 6,429 people in Israel since February last year.