Israel confirms more than 71,000 coronavirus cases in one day for the first time

The Israeli government confirmed this Wednesday that more than 70,000 cases of coronavirus were reported in the last day, marking a new historical high amid a rebound in numbers attributed in part to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Israel’s Health Ministry Director-General Najman Ash has said in statements to Army Radio that 71,593 infections have been registered in the past 24 hours, before adding that 526 people have been hospitalized in serious condition.

The Health Ministry hasn’t updated its official page with figures on the pandemic since Sunday due to technical problems, an issue that persists during the day on Wednesday. So far, nearly 1.8 million positives and more than 8,300 deaths from COVID-19 have been confirmed.

Israel confirms more than 71,000 coronavirus cases in one day for the first time
Israel confirms more than 71,000 coronavirus cases in one day for the first time

A decision came into effect on Wednesday to reduce the isolation period for people infected with the coronavirus and not vaccinated who have been in contact with a positive from seven to five days, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

For example, infected people have to do two antigen tests at home on the fourth and fifth day after diagnosis and can leave their home as long as they test negative and show no symptoms of the disease.

For their part, unvaccinated people who have come into contact with a positive must remain in isolation for five days and undergo a test to confirm they are not infected before ending their confinement.

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