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Percentage of positive COVID tests the lowest since June; serious cases drop

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The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive has fallen to 2.1 percent, the lowest level recorded since June 21, according to data released by the Health Ministry on Tuesday morning, which also logged a decline in serious COVID-19 cases.

The Health Ministry said Tuesday that 780 new virus cases were diagnosed a day earlier, continuing a general downward trend following a month-long lockdown. There were 12,733 active cases in Israel and the total number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus since the pandemic began stood at 311,149.

Additionally, the ministry data showed the number of COVID-19 patients in serious condition stayed below 500, having fallen below that threshold on Monday for the first time in about six weeks. There were 467 patients in serious condition, 193 of them on ventilators, and 128 in moderate condition, according to the ministry.

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Twelve overnight fatalities took Israel’s total death toll from the virus to 2,452.

The 2.1% positivity rate was seen in the results of 36,605 tests on Monday. The general decline in testing rates over the past several weeks, however, has led to expressions of concern from health officials. Illustrative: Doctors perform cardiac catheterizations at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, in Jerusalem, on January 20, 2020. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in........

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