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COVID positivity rate jumps to 21%, with close to 8,000 new cases

A Magen David Adom worker takes a COVID-19 test sample at a drive through complex in Jerusalem, on January 17, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
A Magen David Adom worker takes a COVID-19 test sample at a drive through complex in Jerusalem, on January 17, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The rate of positive COVID tests rises to 21.17%, according to the latest Health Ministry statistics, with 7,783 testing positive yesterday — the highest one-day caseload since March 2.

Overall there are 43,630 active cases in the country, with 331 serious cases and 143 of those on ventilators.

A day earlier the positivity rate was just under 16%, and on Tuesday it was just under 11%.

Authorities have warned that cases could continue to rise following last week’s Purim holiday, and ahead of Passover in mid-April.

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