Israeli authorities today confirmed 343 new cases of Coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, the highest number recorded in the last three months, a worsening attributed to the spread of the Delta variant. The total number of infected people since the beginning of the pandemic is 843,123, with 6,428 deaths. According to what emerged from the tests carried out, the Delta variant is responsible for 90% of Covid-19 cases in the country, up from 60% three weeks ago. The situation of the infections will be at the center of a meeting today between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and the Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz, during which the possibility of reintroducing new restrictions will be evaluated. The possibility of administering a third dose of vaccine to risk groups is also being studied to boost the immune system and avoid a greater spread of the disease.
INFECTIONS BETWEEN VACCINATES INCREASE
According to Fortune, data on the spread of the coronavirus in Israel, one of the countries with the highest number of fully vaccinated people, show that the delta variant, associated with the lifting of restrictions, causes a reduction in the effectiveness of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine used. for the country’s vaccination campaign.
Between May 2 and June 5, the vaccine had been shown, on the ground in Israel, to be 94.3 percent effective. Since June 6, five days after the government lifted covid restrictions in early July, effectiveness has plummeted to 64 percent. Last Friday, 55 percent of the new infections were people already vaccinated.
Instead, the protection against serious cases and hospitalization is only attenuated, it is specified. Between May 2 and June 5, the protection against vaccine hospitalization was 98.2 percent, against that of 93 percent recorded from June 6 to July 3. Yesterday there were 35 serious cases of covid in Israel, up from 21 on 19 July last.
The Israeli government, which has already reintroduced the use of masks in public spaces, is considering adopting other distancing measures and the possibility of recommending a third dose of the vaccine.
57% of Israelis are fully vaccinated, 88% of the population over 50.