COVID-19 cases in Israel just short of 800,000; positivity rate keeps dropping

The Health Ministry says 3,716 new coronavirus cases were identified yesterday and 1,371 more infections were confirmed thus far today, bringing the total cases since the pandemic began to 799,727, just short of the 800,000 mark.

The rate of positive tests has continued its steep drop and now stands at 3.6% after passing 10% in January.

There are 40,565 active cases, including 710 in serious condition, of them 273 listed as critical and 234 on ventilators.

The death toll has grown to 5,856.

Almost 5 million — 4,925,155 — have received at least one dose of a vaccine, with 3,705,330 getting both shots.