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Health Ministry Director-General Prof. Nachman Ash.

Israeli health officials reported Monday that more than ten thousand new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed over the past 24 hours, an increase of more than four thousand infections over the previous day. The total of 10,720 new cases of the coronavirus has come close to the country’s record of 11,333 daily new cases, set on September 2, 2021.

On Tuesday, Health Ministry Director-General Professor Nachman Ash received his fourth booster shot of the vaccine in Ramat Hasharon. He urged all Israelis ages 60 and older to do likewise. In a news conference broadcast live on Monday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett noted that the fourth shot might not entirely prevent someone from catching the virus but will certainly minimize the chances of serious illness that might otherwise result.

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Just two weeks ago, there were 8,000 active cases of the virus – but the total has now reached 46,455. Of those, 236 Israelis are hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, including 117 patients listed in serious condition – another figure that is growing.

The basic “R” reproduction number that represents the average number of people infected by each carrier of the virus has risen to 1.91; anything over “1” means the pandemic is once again on the rise.

Likewise, the positivity rate of 5.51 percent – the number of daily cases diagnosed Monday out of 197,614 coronavirus tests performed — indicates the outbreak is growing.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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