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Virus czar predicts serious COVID cases will soon drop considerably

Coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka attends a press conference about the coronavirus, in Jerusalem, on August 29, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka attends a press conference about the coronavirus, in Jerusalem, on August 29, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Coronavirus czar Salman Zarka predicts serious COVID cases will decline in two weeks.

“We are very optimistic about the decline of the positivity rate and of [patients in] serious condition and on ventilators,” he tells reporters.

As of Monday, there were 447 people in serious condition, including 186 on ventilators. On Sunday, 1,457 were newly diagnosed with COVID. Coronavirus morbidity has been on the decline in Israel over the past few weeks.

“Unfortunately, the hospitals are still very strained, but with the drop in morbidity we assess that in two weeks, the serious cases in hospitals will also drop,” he says.

“We are optimistic that we are exiting the fourth wave, but we’re not there yet. The danger still exists, the virus is still circulating, and we must be careful.”

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