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Close to 200 COVID deaths recorded in past week

The son of a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 prays next to his father's hospital bed, in the coronavirus ward at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, on January 20, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
The son of a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 prays next to his father's hospital bed, in the coronavirus ward at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, on January 20, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Over the past week, 198 people with COVID have died in Israel, according to the latest statistics released by the Health Ministry.

As of yesterday, 30 people on average were dying per day with the coronavirus, the Health Ministry says. A week ago the daily death toll average was 18, and a month ago the average was just one death per day.

Yesterday, 49,371 new COVID cases were recorded, with a positivity rate of 27.83%. Generally fewer tests are carried out in Israel on Saturdays. As of this afternoon, there were 429,006 active COVID cases in Israel, with 2,665 of them hospitalized, 1,086 of those in serious condition and 243 of them on ventilators.

A week ago, 792 Israelis with COVID were in serious condition, and two weeks ago the figure was 432.

New daily COVID cases have been declining since a peak of more than 85,000 last Sunday, and the R number fell below 1, hitting 0.95, for the first time since November.

Nineteen patients with COVID died yesterday, bringing the total pandemic death toll to 8,669; 425 of those have died since January 1.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told cabinet ministers that “we are seeing the beginning of a stabilization trend in the Omicron wave.” Still, he said, “we are dealing with severe pressure at the hospitals where there is still a large number of people who are infected.”

According to the Health Ministry, 80.1% of all nationwide hospital beds are occupied.

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