COVID-19 in Israel: 2,594 new cases, 130 in serious condition

2,594 new cases of the novel coronavirus were diagnosed in Israel on Sunday out of 63,587 tests administered, the Health Ministry announced on Monday morning. The positivity rate is at 4.08%. 

Of those diagnosed, 130 are in seirous condition, 65 are in critical condition, 55 are intubated and six are connected to ECMO breathing machines. 

So far, 804,076 Israelis received their fourth vaccine dose, 4.4 million received their third, 6.1 million received their second and 6.7 million received their first. 

The death toll stands at 10,741. 

Ilana Gens, the head of Public Health Services at the Health Ministry, stated that the ministry is monitoring variants whose characteristics are still unclear, saying "therefore we can not yet announce the end of the outbreak and look at the coronavirus as the flu," during a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday.

"We are trying to build additional sensors that will allow us to detect illness and hold data to enable a certain alert capability," said Gens. "We are examining aircraft sewage alerts and additional monitoring at Ben-Gurion Airport itself." The Health Ministry official described the current situation as "between waves."