The Health Ministry says 8,013 new coronavirus cases were confirmed yesterday, as infections and fatalities continued to surge over the weekend while Israel remains in a third national lockdown.
Along with another 2,607 cases since midnight, the number of infections recorded since the pandemic began rises to 541,864. The number of active cases climbs to 82,551, with 1,082 people in serious condition, including 247 on ventilators.
The death toll stands at 3,943, with 34 fatalities yesterday and 10 so far today.
The ministry says 95,581 tests were performed yesterday, with 8.6 percent coming back positive.
According to the ministry, 2,027,835 have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 205,579 have received the second.
Coronavirus czar Nachman Ash tells Channel 12 news that “We’re at peak morbidity” and says the high number of serious patients is placing a burden on hospitals, but he doesn’t believe they face a risk of being overwhelmed.