A total of 69,104 COVID-19 cases were recorded in Israel on Thursday, the Health Ministry reported on Friday morning, with 638 people in serious condition, and among them, 123 are on ventilators.
Of those currently hospitalized in serious condition, 84% are over the age of 60, and 1% are between the age of 0-4. The remainder of serious hospitalized patients are between the ages of 19-59.
There are currently 453,505 active coronavirus cases in Israel, 452,692 of which are classified as mild. A total of 219,646 people are currently self-isolating at home.
As of Friday, 55% of serious cases are in patients who have received three vaccines, and 24% of cases are in patients who have not received the vaccine at all.
On Friday morning, Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a PCR test.
The defense minister, who has received four vaccines, has said he is feeling well and will continue to manage and oversee Israel’s security affairs from his home where he is self-isolating.
Gantz was last in Knesset on January 17.
Also testing positive on Friday were United Torah Judaism MK Meir Porush and Yisrael Beytenu MK Evgeny Soba.
Porush was last in the Knesset on January 20, while Soba was last there on January 19.
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