(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Israel's COVID-19 reproduction rate, an indicator for
determining the spreading pace of the virus, has risen from 0.96 to
1.03 on Friday, according to figures issued by the country's Health
Ministry' Trend reports citing Xinhua .
The rate, also known as R number, indicates the average number
of people that a person carrying the virus goes on to infect.
When the number tops 1, the number of infected patients rises at
an exponential rate and multiplies from time to time. When the R
number is below 1, it means that the spread of the pandemic has
The R number in Israel had climbed to 1.43 in late March and
dropped to 0.7 in mid-April, according to ministry data.
It also reported an increase of 9.7 percent in the number of new
cases recorded between May 6 and 12, compared to the seven days
preceding that period.
On the other hand, the number of patients in serious condition
has dropped from 113 to 103, the lowest figure in 2022, according
to the data.
To date, 10,749 people have died from the virus in Israel, and
the total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 4,104,286, according
to the ministry.
On May 20, Israel is expected to drop PCR test requirements for
arrivals at Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv,
following a decision taken by the ministry earlier the month.
However, inbound foreigners will still need to test negative
before boarding, according to the decision.
- coronavirus COVID-19
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