Israel’s COVID-19 Cases Surpass 600,000

JERUSALEM, Jan 25 (NNN-MA’AN) – The total number of COVID-19 cases in Israel reached 600,302 this morning, with 3,569 new cases added, since yesterday evening, the Ministry of Health said.

The death toll reached 4,419, after 27 new fatalities were added, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 1,181 to 1,140, out of 1,878 hospitalised patients.

The total recoveries rose to 525,047, with 2,679 newly recovered cases, while active cases increased to 70,836.

According to the Ministry, the number of people vaccinated surpassed 2.58 million, or 27.7 percent of its total population, since the vaccination campaign began on Dec 20, 2020.

Yesterday, the total number of patients tested positive for COVID-19 variants reached 185, after the ministry reported the first five cases of a strain, which was recently detected in Los Angeles and multiple other counties, throughout the U.S. state of California.

The Ministry also reported five new cases of the new strain which was detected in South Africa and other countries.

To prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 strains, the Israeli cabinet approved a ban on incoming and outgoing passenger flights.

The shutdown will come into effect at midnight (2200 GMT) between today and tomorrow, and will last until Jan 31.– NNN-MA’AN