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Serious virus cases drop below 700 for 1st time this year

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Health Ministry data released on Thursday showed that serious coronavirus cases in Israel had dropped below 700 for the first time since the end of December, as separate figures showed that some 87 percent of Israel’s non-Haredi and non-Arab adult population have either received the COVID-19 vaccine or recovered from the disease.

According to ministry figures, there were 4,143 new cases diagnosed on Wednesday, bringing the tally since the start of the pandemic to 791,319, including 42,276 active cases.

Of them, 699 were in serious condition, including 261 classified as critical and 224 patients on ventilators.

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The death toll rose to 5,815. People on Jaffa street in downtown Jerusalem on March 3, 2021 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Additionally, 4,859,948 Israelis have received the first vaccine dose, of whom 3,576,379 have also received the second. Several million Israelis are ineligible for the vaccine, most of them under the age of 16.

According to Prof. Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute, some 87% of all Israelis aged 16 and up who aren’t ultra-Orthodox or Arab have either recovered from COVID-19 or received at least one vaccine dose.

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