On Tuesday, April 19, the Israeli Ministry of Health published new data on the coronavirus epidemic. The sixth wave of the epidemic is on the decline.
In total, 4,038,703 cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the country since the start of the pandemic.
The number of infected people is taken into account by PCR tests and tests at checkpoints (a positive home test result is not taken into account in statistics if it is not confirmed at the checkpoint).
Over the past 24 hours, 62,591 tests have been carried out. Coronavirus was detected in 9% of cases.
At the moment, 32149 people are infected (-269 per day).
10,647 COVID-19 cases died (+17 per day; data for several days has been updated).
598 cases in hospitals (+16 per day; 1.8% of the current number of infected), others are recovering in specially equipped hotels or at home.
The condition of 216 patients (-4 per day; 0.7% of the current number of infected) is assessed by doctors as severe, 75 (-3) are connected to ventilators or ECMO.
The infectiousness index (an index of the reproduction of the virus, showing how many people, on average, one infected person transmits it) - 0.7.
According to a report by the Israeli Ministry of Health, 87% of seriously ill patients are over 60 years old.
Most people over 60 years of age are fully vaccinated, and the percentage of seriously ill among them is much lower than among the unvaccinated. Among citizens in the age group 60+, 40/100 thousand are seriously ill and unvaccinated, 11/100 thousand are seriously ill and vaccinated for a long time (more than six months), and 9/100 thousand are seriously ill and fully vaccinated. At the same time, against the background of high infection rates in absolute numbers, the number of seriously ill patients among fully vaccinated elderly people is growing: at the moment, among seriously ill patients in the 60+ category, there are 32 unvaccinated, 9 vaccinated long ago (more than six months), and 131 fully vaccinated. In the age categories under 60 years among seriously ill unvaccinated absolute majority.
According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, as of April 19, 6,705,575 people (72% of the country's population) received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 6,133,264 people (65% of the country's population) received the second dose. 4484464 people were vaccinated with the third dose (48% of the country's population). The fourth dose was received by 796,184 people (9% of the country's population).
In recent months, the vaccination process in Israel has been very slow. There is a growing number of people who were vaccinated more than six months ago (that is, they cannot be considered "fully vaccinated").
You can sign up for the vaccination queue at the health insurance fund: by phone, through the website or mobile application.
There is a program "Vaccination at home", the purpose of which is to eliminate social injustice in relation to residents of the periphery and settlements with a low socio-economic status.
A green certificate is only required for "high risk" events. For example, at celebrations or parties with a large number of participants.
The following populations are eligible for the Green Certificate:
- Persons vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine, when no more than four months have passed since the second dose;
- Persons who have been ill with coronavirus, if more than four months have not passed since the moment of recovery;
- Persons vaccinated with three or four doses of the vaccine, regardless of the date of vaccination.
A decision was made to abolish the "green standard". However, it will still be necessary to do an antigen test before entering nursing homes.
- Nursing homes, geriatric hospitals and hostels for the elderly will require a negative rapid test result to enter.
- It is recommended to be tested for coronavirus before meeting with the elderly.
- Institutions that will require a rapid test before entering will receive partial subsidies from the state.
- Unvaccinated employees of educational institutions, medical institutions and social services will still be required to be tested twice a week for coronavirus.
Middle school students are exempt from weekly coronavirus tests.
- Testing for coronavirus in elementary grades has been cancelled.