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PM resists new COVID restrictions, as number of ventilated patients rises

17 10 27

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Saturday reportedly pushed back against imposing new coronavirus restrictions, even as the number of COVID patients requiring ventilators climbed to levels not seen in Israel in months.

The number of COVID-19 patients being treated on ventilators continued to rise Saturday, as the number of patients in serious condition dropped slightly over the weekend, Health Ministry figures released Saturday night showed.

According to the Health Ministry, 221 people infected with the coronavirus were on ventilators, an increase of 18 from Friday morning’s 203 when Israel crossed the 200 mark for the first time since March.

The Health Ministry data also said there were 694 patients in serious condition, down from over 700 on Friday. Of those, 295 were listed as in critical condition.

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

The death toll........

© The Times of Israel

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