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Fall in transmission rate suggests morbidity receding; serious cases up to 717

A Magen David Adom volunteer takes a swab sample from an Israeli woman at a coronavirus testing site in the Golan Heights town of Katzrin, on September 15, 2021. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)
A Magen David Adom volunteer takes a swab sample from an Israeli woman at a coronavirus testing site in the Golan Heights town of Katzrin, on September 15, 2021. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)

Updated Health Ministry figures show that over 10,000 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed this weekend — 4,863 yesterday and another 5,344 since midnight.

The number of serious cases rises to 717, after falling below 700 at the start of the month. Of those in serious condition, 195 are on ventilators.

There are 84,527 active cases in Israel, and 1,219,374 infections have been confirmed since the pandemic began.

The death toll stands at 7,507.

Ministry figures also show the R-rate — the number of new cases stemming from each coronavirus infection — falling below 1 again. Any figure above 1 signals the spread of the virus is accelerating, while any reading below 1 indicates morbidity is receding.

According to the ministry, 6,061,244 Israelis have received at least one coronavirus vaccine dose, 5,574,359 have received two doses and 3,031,423 have received a booster shot.

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