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Number of seriously ill COVID patients climbs to over 300, with 40,000 new cases

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The number of patients seriously ill with COVID-19 climbed to 306, according to Health Ministry daily figures published Friday, up from 283 the previous day and with another 40,430 new cases diagnosed in the previous 24 hours.

There was no additional loss of life from the disease on Thursday and the death toll stood at 8,293, according to the data available Friday.

Of the 306 patients in serious condition, 86 were critically ill and 76 were on ventilators. Another 120 patients are currently hospitalized in moderate condition and 451 are suffering mild symptoms.

Of the 319,572 virus tests carried out Thursday, 12.65% confirmed infection, the newest data showed, in a continuation of the high positive rate seen over the past week. There were currently close to 250,000 active COVID-19 patients overall across the country.

Israel is reportedly seeing a significant drop in the number of seriously ill patients who need to be ventilated due to infection with the Omicron variant, compared to previous waves.

Though highly infectious, the Omicron strain now dominating the country is considered less virulent than previous variants, and Health Ministry figures show that the number of both seriously ill patients and deaths is lower than rates seen in the past.

By way of comparison, the death toll was 8,224 a month ago, and stood at........

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