No COVID Deaths in Israel Yesterday

For the first time in about 10 months, Israel suffered no deaths from COVID-19 yesterday. Daily deaths from the virus have been decreasing since January, when they reached around 60 per day.

Just 129 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed yesterday from among 35,027 tests – giving a positive result rate less than 0.4%, largely due to the vaccination programme.

That has led to just 160 of the country’s current virus patients being in a serious condition, with 97 of them on ventilators.

 

Treating a COVID patient in hospitalShaare Zedek hospital coronavirus ward (photo: NATI SHOHAT/FLASH90)

On Thursday, Israel passed the milestone of 5 million people having received both doses of a vaccine – almost solely the one produced by Pfizer.

According to the Health Ministry, 5,005,418 second doses have now been given, meaning nearly 54 percent of the total population have been fully vaccinated, and more than 80 percent of the eligible adult population (those older than 16).

Health Minister, Yuli Edelstein, tweeted today:

“This is a tremendous achievement for the health system and Israeli citizens.
Together we are eradicating the coronavirus.”

Just under 58 percent of Israelis – 5,374,276 – have been given at least one dose of a vaccine. Israel’s vaccination programme began in late December and has achieved the highest per capita inoculation rate in the world.

Interestingly, the Our World in Data website shows that there are also three other countries from the Middle East in the top eight countries for inoculation rates, with the UAE in second place, Bahrain in fourth and Qatar in eighth. However, it should be noted that they all have much smaller populations than the USA and the UK.

Another point worth noting is that Israel has a relatively young population and so it is making preparations to vaccinate children aged 12-15 once the American Food and Drugs Administration approves the vaccine for use with children in that age group.

ARTICLE UPDATED 24TH APRIL