While Israel continues its world-leading vaccination campaign, just 13 cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the country on Saturday, the lowest rate in 14 months, according to health ministry data released Sunday.
A total of 9,238 coronavirus tests were performed on Saturday, according to the ministry, with 0.1 percent coming back positive. The numbers over the weekend are generally drastically lower due to the drop in testing. But the new numbers still show a drop compared to last weekend’s positive rate of 0.5%.
Of the 1,310 cases in the country, there were 100 serious cases, including 60 requiring a ventilator, the Department of Health data showed. The death toll is 6,366.
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As infections are declining, Israel has lifted restrictions on public life, including the removal of the outdoor mask requirement that ended last month.
As a driving force for aggressive vaccination, Israel has seen a sharp drop in the daily mortality and infection rates since the peak of the epidemic in late January.
Late last month, the Jewish state went through a milestone in which more than 5 million people were both vaccinated.
According to the health ministry last Sunday, 5,049,828 second time were in Israeli weapons, accounting for more than 60% of the total population and more than 80% of the eligible population over the age of 16, a total of 5,401,155 people were at least one shot.
An Israeli vaccination program, which uses Pfizer-Biotech’s two-shot vaccine, has been found to maintain the world’s highest per capita vaccination rate since it began in late December.
The country is preparing to begin vaccinating children ages 12-15 as soon as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the vaccine for children at that age.
On Sunday, the Israeli Defense Force declared itself coronavirus free as it has recorded zero cases for the first time since the outbreak of the virus.
The military first reported a coronavirus infection on March 2, 2020, when a part-time soldier in a toy store detected the disease positively. The number of IDF recruits, occupational officers and civilian workers diagnosed with the disease has increased and decreased in 14 months, peaking in February with more than 3,000 people.
In March, the army announced that there was Herd immunity is now “herd immunity” because more than 80% of all carriers are vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus.