The Director General of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Nachman Ash, is currently holding a special briefing for the media, against the background of the halt in the wave of coronary heart disease, while at the same time there is a fear of infections during the holidays and in the education system.
Prof. Ash in Trouble for the Media // Photo: GPO
Prof. Ash said in his opening remarks: "We see a halt in the fourth wave and this can be attributed to the third vaccine which has been found to be effective, so I call on everyone to get vaccinated - this is the most effective tool in the fight against corona.
"During the holidays and even before that we have seen congestion in the testing complexes and we are working to expand the nationwide deployment and readiness of the teams."
The Ministry of Health updated the morbidity data this morning, according to which 3,241 Israelis were diagnosed as positive from yesterday, out of about 60,000 tests performed, with a positive percentage of 5.44%.
In hospitals across the country, 1,120 corona patients are hospitalized, 673 of them in critical condition, of whom 154 are connected to respirators.
The coefficient of infection continues to decline and stands at only 0.83.
As you may recall, yesterday the Ministry of Health announced that the infection coefficient has dropped below 1 for the first time since the outbreak of the fourth wave and stands at 0.95.
The last time the R was below 1 was on June 2, so it was set at 0.89.
In addition, during the holiday there were long queues at corona testing complexes at various points around the country, and people had to wait long hours in queues.