3,247 coronavirus cases diagnosed in one day

'We may need a fourth vaccine, but it will take more time than six months,' Prof. Arnon Ofek, Coronavirus Cabinet member, says.

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Coronavirus ward at Shaare Zedek
Coronavirus ward at Shaare Zedek
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Israel's Health Ministry on Thursday morning reported that 3,247 new coronavirus cases had been reported Wednesday, and that there are currently 84,505 confirmed cases of the virus nationwide.

Of those confirmed to have contracted coronavirus, 1,114 patients are currently hospitalized, including 680 who are in serious condition, 227 of whom are in critical condition. A total of 160 coronavirus patients are intubated.

Since the start of the pandemic, Israel has seen 7,279 coronavirus deaths, including 16 on Wednesday and two so far on Thursday. Since Sunday, 87 people have died of the virus.

Meanwhile, just 5.44% of coronavirus test results received Wednesday were positive.

Among schoolchildren, 5.5% of coronavirus test results are positive. Currently, there are a total of 42,000 schoolchildren who are confirmed to have coronavirus, and 144,454 students are in quarantine.

So far, Israel has vaccinated 2,690,387 Israelis with three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, and 5,519,095 with two doses.

Professor Arnon Ofek, Deputy Director of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and a member of Coronavirus Cabinet, told Kan Bet Thursday morning, "The response to the third vaccine is much better, and therefore there is room for optimism. We may need a fourth vaccine, but that will take more time than half a year."