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Serious COVID-19 cases in Israel drop below 100 for 1st time since July

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The number of COVID-19 patients in serious condition dropped below 100 on Monday, the lowest level since last July as Israel’s world-leading vaccination campaign continued to show its effect.

According to Health Ministry data there were 93 people whose condition was defined as serious as of Tuesday morning, with 58 of them on ventilators.

There were 61 new coronavirus cases diagnosed in the country on Monday, with a further 22 since midnight, taking the total number since the pandemic began to 838,664. There were 1,259 active cases.

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According to the ministry, 37,903 coronavirus tests were conducted Monday, with 0.2 percent returning positive.

The death toll stood at 6,369. Illustrative — Clalit Health care workers take test samples of Israelis to check if they have been infected with the coronavirus, in a testing center in Modiin Illit, on September 7, 2020. (Yossi Aloni/FLASH90)

With its aggressive vaccination drive, Israel has seen a sharp drop in daily mortality and infection rates since the pandemic peaked in late January.

Late last month, the Jewish state passed the milestone of over 5 million people having received both vaccine shots.

According to the Health Ministry, 5,060,309 people have now received two doses of the........

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