Israeli Ministry of Health warns of the beginning of a new wave of the coronavirus epidemic

On the evening of Saturday, March 19, the Israeli Ministry of Health reported that the coronavirus infection index (an index of the reproduction of the virus, showing how many people on average one infected person passes it on) rose above 1. As of the evening of March 19, the index was 1.02.

The Ministry of Health warns: judging by the dynamics of the growth in the number of infections, a new, sixth wave of the epidemic is beginning. It is noted that a similar trend has recently been observed in many other countries.

Ministry of Health specialists are urging citizens to re-vaccinate against coronavirus, noting that in recent months the vaccination process has slowed down a lot.

In total, since the beginning of the pandemic in Israel, 3,758,955 infected have been identified. Over the past 24 hours, more than 7 thousand new cases have been detected.

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 24 hours, 56,718 tests have been carried out. Coronavirus was detected in 16% of cases.

At the moment, 44,190 people are infected (in recent days, there has been an increase in the number of infected people).

10419 patients with COVID-19 have died.

772 cases in hospitals (1.7% of the current number of infected), others are recovering in specially equipped hotels or at home.

The condition of 326 patients (0.7% of the current number of infected) is assessed by doctors as serious, 133 are connected to ventilators or ECMO.

According to a report by the Israeli Ministry of Health, 37% of those infected with coronavirus in the country are in the 0-19 age group. And only 13% are over 60 years old. At the same time, 85% of seriously ill patients are over 60 years old.

Most people over 60 years of age are fully vaccinated, and the percentage of seriously ill among them is much lower than among the unvaccinated. Among citizens in the age group 60+, 85/100 thousand are seriously ill and unvaccinated, 32/100 thousand are seriously ill and vaccinated for a long time (more than six months), and 10/100 thousand are seriously ill and fully vaccinated. At the same time, against the background of high infection rates in absolute numbers, the number of seriously ill among fully vaccinated elderly people is growing: at the moment, among seriously ill patients in the category of 60+ unvaccinated – 75, vaccinated long ago (more than six months) – 26, fully vaccinated – 143. In the age categories under 60 years among seriously ill unvaccinated absolute majority.

Vaccination

According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, as of March 19, 6,701,100 people (72% of the country’s population) received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 6,125,417 people (65% of the country’s population) received the second dose. 4470319 people were vaccinated with the third dose (48% of the country’s population). The fourth dose was received by 738,364 people (8% of the country’s population).

In recent months, the vaccination process in Israel has slowed down significantly.

Fully vaccinated (that is, they received at least two vaccinations and less than six months have passed since the last one): in the age category 90+ – 84% of citizens, in the category 80-89 – 89%, 70-79 – 92%, 60-69 – 88% , 50-59 – 85%, 40-49 – 82%, 30-39 – 78%, 20-29 – 74%, 16-19 – 69%, 12-15 – 52%, 5-11 – 24%.

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.

QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS

A green certificate is only required for “high risk” events. For example, at celebrations or parties with a large number of participants.

The following populations are eligible for the Green Certificate:
– Persons vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine, when no more than four months have passed since the second dose;
– Persons who have been ill with coronavirus, if more than four months have not passed since the moment of recovery;
– Persons vaccinated with three or four doses of the vaccine, regardless of the date of vaccination.

A decision was made to abolish the “green standard”. However, it will still be necessary to do an antigen test before entering nursing homes.

Currently:
– Nursing homes, geriatric hospitals and hostels for the elderly will require a negative rapid test result to enter.
– It is recommended to be tested for coronavirus before meeting with the elderly.
– Institutions that will require a rapid test before entering will receive partial subsidies from the state.
– Unvaccinated employees of educational institutions, medical institutions and social services will still be required to be tested twice a week for coronavirus.

– Since February 24, middle school students have been exempted from weekly coronavirus tests.

– Since March 10, testing for coronavirus in primary grades has been canceled.

Entry and exit from Israel

Since March 1, Israel has fully opened to tourists – both vaccinated and not vaccinated against the coronavirus.

To enter Israel, tourists will be required to present a negative PCR test result for the coronavirus.

Israelis returning to the country from abroad are exempted from the obligation to present a negative PCR or antigen test result when boarding an aircraft.

The obligation to do a PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport immediately after landing remains for both tourists and Israelis.

Both tourists and Israelis must remain in quarantine for 24 hours upon arrival or until they test negative for the coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health is also announcing the extension of the Green Certificate until May 31 for anyone who has received three or four doses of the coronavirus vaccine. For those who received their fourth or third dose less than six months ago, the certificate will be valid for six months from the date they received their last dose of vaccine.

By Editor

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