Israel marks new record with 11,000 Covid-19 cases in one day

Israel lowered the age threshold to receive a third coronavirus booster dose to anyone aged 30 and above, as it continues to battle surging infections.

Israel registered close to 11,000 COVID-19 cases on Monday, the Health Ministry reported Tuesday, marking a new record since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, about 60% of Israel’s 9.3 million residents have received two shots of the vaccine, including 80% of adults.

Revised Health Ministry figures show coronavirus cases passed 11,000 for first time Monday. Of which, 719 people hospitalized in serious condition with COVID complications, Times of Israel reports.

Israel currently has the highest seven-day rolling average of new daily coronavirus cases per million people, according to the Oxford University-based Our World in Data.

Figures cited by Our World in Data show that Israel has overtaken Montenegro and Georgia for an average of 1,013 new daily cases per million people over a week.

With the new school year set to begin on Wednesday, officials fear there will be a further increase in infections.

“I expect that morbidity will rise further, but I hope it will not be a new outbreak,” Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash told Channel 12.

Only once since the start of the pandemic has the country recorded more than 10,000 cases. There were 10,118 on January 18, the peak of the third wave, the most virulent and lethal the country had ever seen.

There are approximately 83,000 active cases, compared to approximately 88,000 during the third wave.

Meanwhile, more than 2.15 million Israelis have received their third shot. On Sunday, anyone over the age of 12 who has been vaccinated for at least five months became eligible for the booster shot.

Israel is also expected to hit the milestone of six million individuals jabbed with at least one shot by the end of the week (its population is 9 millions).

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