Wed, 21 Apr 2021

JERUSALEM, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 243 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, raising the total infections in the country to 835,163.

The death toll from the virus rose by five to 6,262, while the number of patients in serious conditions decreased from 317 to 294, out of 453 hospitalized patients.

This is the lowest number of patients in serious conditions in Israel since Dec. 2, 2020.

The total recoveries in Israel rose to 824,110 with 378 newly recovered cases being added, while the number of active cases decreased to 4,791.

The number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Israel reached nearly 5.29 million, or 56.9 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 0.78 to 0.79.

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.

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