third day with more than 9,000 infections

Israel registered yesterday (Wednesday) more than 9,000 new cases of coronavirus for the third consecutive day, health officials confirmed. The Health Ministry reported that 9,388 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday after 127,768 tests were performed, putting the rate of positive diagnoses at 7.9%.



A doctor in the underground parking lot of the Rambam Medical Center converted into an intensive care room.


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A doctor in the underground parking lot of the Rambam Medical Center converted into an intensive care room.

Out of a total of 78,215 active patients with coronavirus in Israel, 1,834 are admitted to hospitals in the country. At least 1,063 are in serious condition, of which 273 receive mechanical ventilation.

The number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Israel is 3,826 people, after confirming the death of 33 patients yesterday from complications related to the disease. Since January began, 484 patients have died from COVID-19, compared to 481 for the entire month of December.



A woman receives the coronavirus vaccine in Jerusalem.


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A woman receives the coronavirus vaccine in Jerusalem.

Due to the increase in cases and the number of seriously ill patients in hospitals, the Ministry of Health said it would request a one-week extension of the strict general closure that took effect last Friday and will end on Sunday, January 17.

The director of the fight against the pandemic in Israel, Professor Nachman Ash, in dialogue with Ynet said: “I hope we see a decline [de los nuevos casos] in the coming days. We are seeing signs of flattening of the curve, but not a decline ”



Profesor Nachman Ash.


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Profesor Nachman Ash.

Ash added that the number of new cases early next week, as well as the seriously ill patient count, will be a good indicator of whether the lockdown should be extended and for how long. “I estimate that we will have to extend the lockdown for another week, but we will only know for sure in the middle of next week,” he assessed.

On the other hand, the vaccination campaign, internationally recognized for its speed in vaccinating a large part of the population, has so far registered a total of 1,880,163 people inoculated with the first vaccine, and some have already received the second dose.

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