JERUSALEM, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 187 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, raising the total number in the country to 837,199.
The death toll from the virus rose by six to 6,340, while the number of patients in serious conditions decreased from 196 to 190, out of 312 hospitalized patients.
The total recoveries in Israel rose to 828,667 after 228 newly recovered cases were added, while the number of active cases decreased to 2,192.
The number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Israel has surpassed 5.35 million, or 57.4 percent of its total population, since 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 0.77.
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.
Israel and Pfizer signed on Monday a deal under which Israel purchased "millions" of additional coronavirus vaccines for 2022 from the drug giant, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.