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8,482 new COVID infections confirmed Friday; serious cases at 703

A Magen David Adom paramedic takes swab samples at a coronavirus rapid testing site in Jerusalem, on August 19, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
A Magen David Adom paramedic takes swab samples at a coronavirus rapid testing site in Jerusalem, on August 19, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Updated Health Ministry figures show 8,482 new coronavirus cases were confirmed yesterday, while the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in serious condition ticks up slightly to 703.

Another 5,635 infections have been verified since midnight, with active cases rising to 81,217. There have been 1,045,212 confirmed cases in Israel since the pandemic began.

The positive test rate yesterday was 6.65 percent.

The death toll stands at 6,950, with 13 fatalities yesterday and another five since midnight.

The ministry reports that 5,950,975 people have received at least one vaccine shot, 5,468,538 have gotten two, and 1,955,229 have received a third dose.

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