Wed, 21 Apr 2021

JERUSALEM, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 357 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising the total infections in the country to 834,920.

The death toll from the virus rose by 12 to 6,257, while the number of patients in serious conditions decreased from 344 to 317, out of 486 hospitalized patients.

This is the lowest number of patients in serious condition in Israel since Dec. 3, 2020 when it stood at 309.

The total recoveries in Israel rose to 823,732 with 452 newly recovered cases being added, while the number of active cases decreased to 4,931.

The number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Israel surpassed 5.28 million, or 56.8 percent of its total population, after the vaccination campaign began on Dec. 20, 2020.

The country's COVID-19 reproduction number, also known as the R number, increased from 0.71 to 0.78.

The R number is an indicator used to determine how fast the COVID-19 is spreading, as an R number greater than 1 means that the number of patients increases at an exponential rate and multiplies from time to time.

Also on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the number of active coronavirus cases among Israeli soldiers dropped by four to 14.

This is the lowest number of active COVID-19 patients in the Israeli army since March 21, 2020, when there were also 14 active patients among soldiers.

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