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Serious COVID cases surge past 500 as total infections pass 2 million mark

Workers at a drive-through testing complex in Jerusalem, on January 17, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Workers at a drive-through testing complex in Jerusalem, on January 17, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

In its first full set of data in several days, the Health Ministry updates that there are currently 533 patients with COVID hospitalized in serious condition.

Among those, 104 are on ventilators. Overall, 1,608 patients with COVID are hospitalized, with most in light or moderate condition.

More than 72,000 people tested positive for COVID yesterday, a new daily record, with over 393,000 current active infections, and more than 2 million infected since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

More than 146,000 school-age children are currently out due to infection, and a further 142,000 are in quarantine due to exposure.

Close to 8,900 medical staff are absent from work due to infection or exposure, including 1,209 doctors and 2,540 nurses.

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