Israel’s covid infection rate stays high

The Health Ministry Friday reported 2,809 new coronavirus cases and more than 3.6pc positive tests, making new partial closures next week unavoidable. The number of critical cases rose to 419 with 105 on ventilators. The death toll reached 3,050. The first Pfizer covid vaccines will be administered on Sunday to medical personnel and on Monday to the high-risk and elderly, followed next by the general rollout to the public.

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