The number of cases has exploded! Israel tries to prevent outbreak with third dose of vaccine

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In Israel, which has a population of around 9.3 million, the Kovid-19 epidemic was largely under control in early June thanks to vaccination and many restrictions have been lifted.

So much so that at the beginning of June, the number of daily cases fell below 20, and the number of active cases rose to 200.

In this way, even the requirement to wear masks in areas open on April 19 and in areas closed on June 15 has been abolished in the country.

EVERYTHING IS RETURNED

Due to the decrease in daily cases, many hospitals have closed their Kovid-19 intensive care units, while life in the country has largely returned to normal.

However, the Delta variant, which was first detected in India and spread rapidly around the world, also negatively affected the course of the epidemic in Israel.

Due to the increase in cases, the requirement to wear masks in closed areas resumed from June 24, some of the restrictions were re-enforced.

The number of daily cases in the country exceeded 11,000 yesterday, reaching the highest level since February 2020, when the epidemic began.

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Due to the resurgence of the epidemic, the burden on the health sector has started to increase again.

The AA team captured the struggle in the Kovid-19 intensive care unit at Sharee Zedek Hospital in West Jerusalem.

REOPENING OF INTENSIVE CARE UNITS

The Kovid-19 intensive care unit, which was previously closed at Sharee Zedek, one of the largest hospitals in West Jerusalem, has been reopened due to the increase in cases.

There are 30 critically ill patients in the Kovid-19 intensive care unit, which has a capacity of approximately 120 beds.

Healthcare professionals go to great lengths to keep patients alive and caring for them in this hospital, as they do all over the world.

MOST SEVERE PATIENTS ARE NOT VACCINES

Sharee Zedek Hospital Kovid-19 Unit Director Dr. David Catz answered AA correspondent’s questions about the Kovid-19 epidemic and the vaccine.

Stating that the epidemic has spread again with the effect of the Delta variant in Israel and that there has been an increase in the number of patients, Catz said, “Despite the increase in the number of patients, we do not see a significant increase in the number of patients with severe conditions as in the first three waves. There are several reasons for this, such as people who wash their hands, wear masks and get vaccinated. The majority of our patients who are in serious or critical condition in our hospital are those who are not vaccinated. ”Mentioned.

Stressing the importance of getting vaccinated, Catz stressed that the vaccine is part of the Kovid-19 epidemic prevention strategy.

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The Israeli doctor said: “I think we are thinking of strengthening herd immunity and reducing the burden. We cannot consider this level as prevention of serious illnesses (collective immunity). “It’s not as important as dying or losing your life. try to prevent it. ”used the sentences.

Catz recommended that cancer patients or those at risk with weakened immune systems receive the third dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine.

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EVEN THE NUMBER OF CASES IS INCREASING, THE NUMBER OF SEVERE PATIENTS DECREASES

As the epidemic continues to spread across the country, the number of people receiving the third dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine is increasing.

The Israeli administration, which previously decided to gradually apply the third dose to different age groups, finally added people over 12 to this bracket on August 29.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, the first dose of Kovid-19 vaccine was administered to 5 million 995,000 people nationwide, the second dose to 5 million 494,000 people and the third dose to 2 million 350,000 people.

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Although the number of cases has increased in the country, the decrease in the number of patients with serious illnesses is noteworthy.

As the number of active cases exceeded 90,000, the number of severe patients, which exceeded 700 last week, rose to 666.

To date, 7,000,90 people have died in Israel from the virus and the total number of cases has exceeded 1,88,000.

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