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Top health expert says Israel curbing Delta wave, R-rate now at 0.84

Eran Segal, a computational biologist from the Weizmann Institute of Science and a top adviser to the government’s coronavirus cabinet, says that Israel is seeing additional signs that it is successfully curbing the latest coronavirus outbreak.

Segal, speaking with Channel 12 news, says “we are seeing falling numbers in several key criteria,” noting that there were some 80 new serious cases in the last week, compared to over 100 the week before.

He says that Israel’s current R-number, the basic reproduction rate of the virus, is now 0.84.

“My careful estimate is that we will continue to see a curbing of the virus,” Segal says.

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