With 0.1% positivity rate, Israel records lowest COVID cases since start of pandemic


Israel’s Health Ministry said on Sunday that only 13 new cases of the coronavirus were identified on Saturday, out of 9,236 tests carried out.

These results resulted in a positivity rate of 0.1 percent, a record-low number since the start of the pandemic last March.

According to the ministry’s latest toll, there are currently 102 Israelis hospitalized in serious condition with complications from COVID-19, including 62 on life support.

Separately, two new people died from the virus over the weekend, bringing the death toll from the pandemic to 6,365.

Israel, which has carried out a vaccination campaign feted as one of the most efficient in the world, announced in mid-April the gradual reopening of its borders for tourist groups from May 23.

Limitation for individual tourists, however, still remains restricted with a specific date for a full reopening still unclear.

The Health Ministry said that “health considerations” will determine the travel “schedule” in the future.

Nearly 5 million Israelis, more than half of the population, have received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine under a medical data-sharing agreement between the Jewish state and the US pharmaceutical giant, according to official statistics.

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