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9,739 new infections recorded Friday; serious COVID cases rise slightly

Health workers handle samples at a temporary COVID-19 testing facility in the northern city of  Safed, on August 31, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)
Health workers handle samples at a temporary COVID-19 testing facility in the northern city of Safed, on August 31, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The Health Ministry reports that 9,739 new coronavirus cases were confirmed yesterday, ending a stretch in which daily infections topped 10,000 for four consecutive days.

Another 4,145 infections have been recorded since midnight, with active cases now at 90,750. There have been 1,112,744 verified coronavirus cases in Israel since the pandemic began.

The number of serious cases ticks up slightly to 677, after beginning to decline in recent days from a peak of 753 during the current wave.

The death toll stands at 7,153, with 16 fatalities yesterday.

The positive test rate yesterday was 6.91 percent.

According to the Health Ministry, 6,010,685 people have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 5,507,351 have received two shots. Another 2,573,020 have been administered a third dose.

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