Record 68 Israelis die of COVID-19 in 24 hours

The Health Ministry says 68 people have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic.

The death toll is now 4,478.

The number of new confirmed infections yesterday was 4,915, and another 6,015 have been confirmed thus far today, with the positivity rate rising to 9.3% of just 54,408 tests conducted today.

The total cases are now 605,397, including 71,333 active cases. They include 1,174 serious cases, of them 420 in critical condition and 325 on ventilators.

Those who got the first vaccine dose number 2,637,279 of Israel’s 9.3 million. At least 1,189,813 have gotten both doses.

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