May 16, 2022

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Israel’s COVID Transmission Rate Rises above 1

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According to the statistics released by the Health Ministry on Friday, the spread of COVID-19 in Israel is increasing for the first time in Israel in the last two months. The data from the ministry showed that the transmission number, also called the ‘R’ number, had now climbed to 1.03, which shows that the virus is spreading. This reproduction number measures the number of people that can be infected on average by a coronavirus carrier. A reading higher than 1 indicates that the contagion is spreading, which is what seems to be happening right now. The last time the ‘R’ number had been higher than 1 was back on March 22nd.

The next two weeks had seen rising morbidity numbers, which had led to concerns about a renewed outbreak. Media reports indicate that officials of the Health Ministry consider this latest rise to simply be a ‘hump’ of the previous major outbreak and do not believe this is a fresh wave. Other than the increase in the transmission number, data from the Health Ministry showed that there was a 9.6% increase in the average number of weekly cases, as opposed to the previous week. As far as the number of tests are concerned, they saw an increase of almost 18.6%. 

As of Friday morning, the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Israel stood at 16,090. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Israel, the total number of cases that have been diagnosed is about 4,103,242. However, there was a decline in the number of serious cases, as this figure fell to 103 and the number of patients on ventilators stood at 48. The total death toll in the country was about 10,749 and the last week saw two people lose their lives to the virus, which is a drop of about 87.5%. 

Statistics from the Health Ministry also showed that more than 6.7 million Israelis have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine and more than 6.1 million have received both shots. Furthermore, there are 4.5 million people who have received a booster dose as well as 806,266 people who have gotten a fourth shot. A report on Thursday also indicated that Israel would soon stop requiring passengers to wear masks during air travel, as the European Union is also slated to drop this requirement from next week. As for the indoor mask mandate, Israel had lifted it back on April 24th and they are only required in old age homes, hospitals and aircrafts.

Scrapping the requirement of masks on aircrafts would lift one of the last couple of COVID-19 restrictions that are still in effect in Israel. However, it should be noted that flights to certain destinations from Tel Aviv could still require people to wear masks, depending on regulations. Starting from May 20th, people landing at the Ben Gurion Airport will not be required to take a PCR test before they leave the airport. Israelis flying home have not been required to provide a test result before boarding for quite some time now. 

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