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Active COVID-19 cases drop to lowest level since June 2020

With economy open and most Israelis vaccinated, number of serious infections dips under 400, hitting three-month low

Israelis enjoy the day in Wolfson Park, outside of Tel Aviv, during the Jewish holiday of Passover, March 31, 2021. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
Israelis enjoy the day in Wolfson Park, outside of Tel Aviv, during the Jewish holiday of Passover, March 31, 2021. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

The number of active coronavirus cases in Israel dipped to the lowest level since June 2020 on Wednesday, as serious infections hit a three-month low.

The pandemic has continued to ebb following Israel’s successful vaccination campaign, which has seen a majority of its citizens get the shots.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Israel in serious condition dropped to 396 as of Wednesday, the lowest rate since December 2020. The number has been on a steady decline for several weeks.

New daily cases, the basic reproduction number, the daily share of positive coronavirus test results and the number of active cases have all been on a several-week downward trend. Active cases now stand at just 7,273 — the lowest number in nine months, according to Health Ministry figures.

Israel has so far vaccinated over 4.7 million people — or over 51.2% of its population — with two coronavirus vaccine shots. About 56.3% of Israelis, more than 5.2 million, have received at least one vaccine shot.

When it comes to vulnerable populations, these numbers are much higher. Over 80% of all Israeli residents over 50 are fully inoculated with two vaccine shots, and the same goes for over 90% of the over-70 population.

A family seen during the Passover Seder on the first night of eight 8-day long Jewish holiday, in Moshav Yashresh on March 27, 2021. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

Israel started to emerge from its third national lockdown in February, with the economy now largely open. Restaurants and cultural venues have once again opened to the public — under certain restrictions — and travel inside the country is mostly free of coronavirus limitations, especially for the vaccinated.

Israel is almost exclusively using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine and is inoculating all over the age of 16. The Health Ministry on Wednesday said the country would begin to inoculate adolescents aged 12-15 when US and European regulators approve the move. Recent results in a study on the vaccine’s effects on 12-15-year-olds have shown it to be highly safe and effective.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has expressed optimism that the shots will be approved for children younger than 12 in the fall of 2021. The company has already begun vaccine trials on young children.

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