lowest positivity rate since July

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lowest positivity rate since July


The Israeli Ministry of Health reported 1,424 cases of coronavirus and 14 new deaths on Tuesday night. The positivity rate was 4.9%, the lowest since early July.



The coronavirus room at the Rambam medical center in Haifa.


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The coronavirus room at the Rambam medical center in Haifa.


The deaths of the last day bring the number of fatalities to a total of 2,040 since the start of the pandemic. Currently, there are 1,464 Israelis being treated for COVID-19 in different hospitals; 802 of them in serious condition and 254 with respirators.

For its part, there was a decrease in the number of tests performed. Some estimates show that last week the number of tests carried out fell by 34 percent.



Coronavirus testing site in Rishon Lezion.


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Coronavirus testing site in Rishon Lezion.

Jerusalem continues to be the city with the most COVID-19 cases, followed by Bnei Brak, Modi’in Illit and Beit Shemesh, all cities with mainly ultra-Orthodox communities.

Since mid-September, Israel has been under a general shutdown imposed by the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. The authorities showed some enthusiasm for the results of the blockade and the decline of the cases: last week, some communities had fewer than 100 new infected.

This Tuesday night, the cabinet in charge of managing the pandemic met to discuss how to start lifting the closure. However, it has already been reported that no decisions will be made until Thursday about the reopening of preschools and small businesses.

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