COVID-19 in Israel: Testing for schoolchildren may end March 1

A total of 12,562 new COVID-19 cases were recorded throughout Israel on Friday, according to a Saturday evening Health Ministry update.

 Children aged 5-11 receive their first first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, at Clallit vaccination center in Jerusalem on November 25, 2021. (photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)
Children aged 5-11 receive their first first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, at Clallit vaccination center in Jerusalem on November 25, 2021.
(photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

Compulsory COVID testing for schoolchildren might end on March 1, according to a report from N12 over the weekend.

While a final decision on the subject has not yet been made, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz would reportedly support such a move, and a decision on the matter might be made as soon as Sunday.

A total of 12,562 new COVID-19 cases were recorded throughout Israel on Friday, according to a Saturday evening Health Ministry update, bringing the total number of active coronavirus cases in the country to 141,086.

Currently, 822 patients are in serious condition, with 312 critical, 256 on ventilators and 28 connected to ECMO machines.

The death toll currently stands at 9,841, and the R rate has dropped to 0.67.

 COVID-19 rapid antigen test (illustrative) (credit: FLICKR) COVID-19 rapid antigen test (illustrative) (credit: FLICKR)

A total of 710,166 Israelis have received four doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 4,459,640 have received three doses. Some 6.1 million have received two, and 6.7 million have received one.

There has been a decrease of 44.2% in the number of new daily cases reported over the last seven days in comparison to the previous week. Additionally, serious cases have fallen by 38% and deaths by 48.1%. A total of 208 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded over the last week.