Serious COVID-19 cases under 500 for 1st time since December

As Israel votes, the number of serious COVID-19 cases nationwide has dropped under 500 for the first time since December, compounding the success of the vaccination campaign.

The Health Ministry says 942 new cases were identified yesterday, with 1.6% of tests giving a positive result. The basic reproduction number is down to 0.6.

There have been 829,288 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with the number of active cases dropping to 14,679. Of them, 499 are in serious condition, including 255 listed as critical.

The death toll rose to 6,114.

More than 4.6 million Israelis have now received both vaccine doses.