June 23 | The seventh wave of the coronavirus epidemic in Israel: about 56 thousand infected, about 800 hospitalized

On Thursday, June 23, the Israeli Ministry of Health published new data on the coronavirus epidemic. The Ministry of Health announces the seventh wave of the epidemic. Coronavirus departments in hospitals reopened.

Quarantine measures may soon be tightened. So far, the Ministry of Health does not insist on the return of the “mask regime” in the premises and public transport, although it recommends wearing masks.

In total, 4,271,018 cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the country since the start of the pandemic.

The number of infected people is taken into account by PCR tests and tests at checkpoints (a positive home test result is not taken into account in statistics if it is not confirmed at the checkpoint).

Over the past day, 34494 tests have been carried out. Coronavirus was detected in 31% of cases. (The number of tests being conducted is clearly not enough.)

At the moment, 55941 people are infected (+3845 per day).

10911 cases of COVID-19 died (0 per day).

781 cases in hospitals (+85 per day), others are recovering at home.

The condition of 212 patients is assessed by doctors as severe (+22 per day), 41 are connected to ventilators or ECMO (+4 per day).

The infectiousness index (an index of the reproduction of the virus, showing how many people, on average, one infected person transmits it) – 1.27.

According to a report by the Israeli Ministry of Health, 91% of seriously ill patients are over 60 years old. The vast majority of those infected tolerate the disease easily.

Vaccination

According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, as of June 23, 6,711,486 people (72% of the country’s population) received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 6,143,828 people (66% of the country’s population) received the second dose.

4498489 people were vaccinated with the third dose (48% of the country’s population). The fourth dose was received by 822,678 people (9% of the country’s population).

In recent months, the vaccination process in Israel has been very slow. There is a growing number of people who were vaccinated more than six months ago (that is, they cannot be considered “fully vaccinated”).

You can sign up for the vaccination queue at the health insurance fund: by phone, through the website or mobile application.

There is a program “Vaccination at home”, the purpose of which is to eliminate social injustice in relation to residents of the periphery and settlements with a low socio-economic status.

On June 8, a group of specialists in the fight against epidemics held a vote on the issue of further vaccination of the population against coronavirus. Most experts spoke out against vaccinating the population with the fifth dose of the vaccine, but for the recommendation to vaccinate children from 5 to 11 years old with the third dose.

At the same time, specialists from the Ministry of Health strongly recommend that all citizens over 60 and people from health risk groups be given another booster vaccination.

Cancellation of quarantine measures

The mandatory wearing of protective masks in the premises has been canceled.

List of places where the wearing of a protective mask is still required:
– hospitals, clinics and pharmacies;
– organizations providing emergency medical care;
– institutions in which there are elderly people (nursing homes);
– international flights (cancelled from May 24);
– a mask must also be worn by a person heading to a place of self-isolation (usually in connection with a positive test result for coronavirus).

In addition, the Ministry of Health recommends that risk groups (the elderly, people with reduced immunity, etc.) continue to wear protective masks indoors, even if this is not necessary.

The mandatory PCR test procedure upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport has been cancelled. The requirement for foreigners to provide a negative PCR or antigen test result when boarding a plane departing for Israel has also been abolished. At land borders and for sea cruises, there will also be no need to do coronavirus checks.

At the same time, passengers within 48 hours before departure to Israel still need to fill out a declaration to enter the country.

The state of emergency in the healthcare system, declared in the spring of 2020 in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, has been lifted.

At the same time, against the backdrop of a new wave of the epidemic, the Ministry of Health recommends that people from risk groups wear protective masks indoors and on public transport.

“Coronavirus traffic light”: almost all cities in Israel are recognized by the Ministry of Health as “red”

As of June 22, 2022, almost all cities in Israel are recognized by the Ministry of Health as “red” in terms of the dynamics of the spread of coronavirus infection.

From the point of view of quarantine measures, this does not matter so far, since almost all quarantine measures have been canceled (even wearing protective masks on premises or public transport is not mandatory), and the school year is ending.

In accordance with the assessment of the epidemiological situation by the Ministry of Health, the status of “red” (with the most threatening dynamics of the epidemic) was assigned to the following cities with a population of more than 20 thousand people: Nahariya, Modiin, Kiryat Motzkin, Kiryat Ono, Maale Adumim, Ramat Hasharon, Kiryat -Ata, Acre, Rehovot, Afula, Herzliya, Yavne, Petah Tikva, Katzrin, Ness Ziona, Rishon LeZion, Ashdod, Eilat, Rosh HaAyin, Ashkelon, Kiryat Bialik, Holon, Karmiel, Ariel, Ramat Gan, Raanana, Yehud, Haifa, Givatayim, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Kfar Saba, Beer Yaakov, Kiryat Malachi, Nof HaGalil, Od HaSharon, Arad, Bat Yam, Hadera, Beer Sheva, Ofakim , Dimona, Or Yehuda, Tiberias, Netanya, Shfaram, Nazareth, Netivot, Ramla, Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Umm el-Fahm, Sakhnin, Elad, Tyra, Modiin Ilit, Rahat, Taibe.

“Orange” recognized Bnei Brak, Tamra, Beitar Ilit.

Among the “yellow” and “green” only small settlements – mostly Arab villages, whose residents often shy away from testing.

By Editor