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.
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.