COVID: Israel surpasses US in deaths per capita

3.5 deaths per million compared with 2.2

29 September, 17:48

    TEL AVIV - Israel has surpassed the US in terms of death per capita due to COVID-19.

    It is also the top of the rankings in terms of countries with the highest number of new daily infections per capita.

    The figures were contained in a defense ministry statement that said that on the basis of the average over the past week, for the first time the rate in Israel is 3.5 deaths per million inhabitants, while in the US this number is about 2.2.

    A lockdown is currently in place in the country until October 11 but it is likely to be extended.

    The number of deaths in Israel has for the first time surpassed 1,500 at 1,507 and the health ministry noted that there had been over 500 deaths in the past three weeks alone.

    The number of seriously ill with the virus is now at 755 and, of them, 207 are on ventilators.

    The number of active cases stands at 65,025 out of a total of 233,554 since the pandemic began.

    Only 8,105 tests were conducted on Monday due to the Yom Kippur holiday, compared with about 50,000-60,000 on average in recent days.

    In any case, the death rate remains high.

    Health Minister Yuli Edelstein told public radio station Kan that ''there is no hope that the lockdown may be loosened after a week and a half, after the end of the Jewish holiday'', Some media reported the crowding of some synagogues, especially in the Orthodox Jewish quarters of Jerusalem, during the Yom Kippur parters despite the restrictions in place.

    On Tuesday, the Knesset is expected to meet to vote on measures adopted by the government last week, with special focus on the ban on protests and prayers.

    For now, the measures adopted by the government under Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu have been implemented even without parliamentary approval.

    Heated debate on the two issues to be discussed at the Knesset is expected.

    On Wednesday, the government commission on COVID-19 will meet to discuss additional measures.

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