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Israel’s COVID transmission rate rises above 1 for first time in two months

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The spread of coronavirus is increasing in Israel for the first time in nearly two months, Health Ministry figures released Friday showed.

According to the ministry, the so-called R number stood at 1.03, indicating the rate of contagion is accelerating. The figure measures how many people each coronavirus carrier infects on average, with any reading above 1 meaning the spread of COVID-19 is increasing.

The R-rate was last over 1 on March 22, following two-weeks in which rising morbidity figures fueled concerns of a renewed outbreak.

Health Ministry officials believe the latest rise is a “hump” of the last major outbreak and are not treating it as a fresh wave, the Walla news site reported.

Along with the increase in the R number, ministry data showed average new weekly cases were up by 9.6 percent compared to the previous seven-day........

© The Times of Israel

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