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Number of COVID patients on ventilators hits highest level since March

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The number of coronavirus patients being treated on ventilators rose above 200 for the first time since late March, Health Ministry figures released Friday showed, though researchers said the Delta variant-driven wave of fresh infections may be reined in soon.

The Health Ministry’s website showed 203 people with the coronavirus were on ventilators, out of 274 patients listed in critical condition Friday morning, while a separate ministry statement put the number of patients on ventilators at 206. The number of patients listed in serious condition, which includes those deemed critical, dropped slightly from a day earlier, but remained above 700.

The last time Israel had over 200 patients on ventilators was March 31, when 202 people were hooked up to breathing machines. That came at the tail end of a wave of infections that saw a record 358 people on ventilators on January 25.

While Israel’s fourth wave of infections has seen record numbers of daily cases, the number of patients needing hospitalization has remained relatively low compared to previous bouts, which experts attribute to the country’s high vaccination rates.

Ministry figures showed 6,314 new infections on Thursday, continuing a slow downward trend, with the number of active cases sinking slightly to 65,432.

The death toll since the start of the pandemic rose to 7,611. A total of 529 people have succumbed to the virus since the start of the month, making........

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