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Experts predict serious COVID cases could fall to as low as 250 by end of month

Hospital team members wearing safety gear as they work in the coronavirus ward of Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem, on September 23, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Hospital team members wearing safety gear as they work in the coronavirus ward of Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem, on September 23, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

Israeli researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science are forecasting that serious coronavirus cases could fall to as low as 250 by the end of the month, according to the Haaretz daily.

Prof. Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute and a top adviser to the government’s coronavirus cabinet, tells the newspaper that if serious cases continue to decline at the current rate, they are expected to number between 250-350 by the end of October.

He credits the fall in the R-number — the number of new cases stemming from each coronavirus infection — to the rollout of booster shots and the inoculation of more people who weren’t previously vaccinated.

Segal also says that he believes the number of people who recovered from COVID could be as high as double the official figure of 1,252,077.

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