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Minister slams claim COVID death rate is ‘failure’ compared to others in region

10 9 1

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein angrily denied a TV report on Saturday that suggested Israel was faring poorly in terms of its death toll from COVID-19.

Channel 13 news first cited figures from the Oxford-based Our World in Data that showed that Israel is well ahead of the rest of the world in its per capita vaccination rate.

But the network then cited data from Worldometers showing Israel is 56th globally in terms of deaths per million people. It noted Israel’s death rate — 464 people per million — is higher than in Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon and Egypt.

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This figure, it said, represents Israel’s unacknowledged coronavirus “failure.” Health Minister Yuli Edelstein holds a press conference during his visit at the Assuta hospital in Ashdod on August 20, 2020. (Flash90)


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