Thursday, 1 October 2020 | Israel saw nearly 9,000 new daily coronavirus cases after a record-breaking number of tests had been conducted by medical officials, the Health Ministry reported Thursday.
The Health Ministry said 8,919 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday after 68,128 tests had been conducted, putting the contagion rate at 13.6%, a slight drop from the same figure a day earlier.
The figures indicate that one out of every seven tests returned positive.
The number of patients in serious condition now stands at 810, of whom 206 are ventilated. The official death toll has gone up to 1,571.
Since the start of the outbreak, 248,133 were confirmed to have contracted the pathogen. The figure almost doubled over the past month, when only 116,882 virus carries had been confirmed by September 1.
There are 68,811 active patients currently ill with the disease in Israel.
Since the outbreak of the virus in the country, some 2.7% of Israelis became infected with the pathogen at some point (one out of every 37 people), ranking Israel fifth in the world—after Qatar, Bahrain, Aruba and French Guiana.
Posted on October 1, 2020
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