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Israel's Covid-19 reproduction rate surpasses 1

IANS | March 20, 2022 10:24 AM

JERUSALEM:Israel's Covid-19 reproduction number indicator, also known as the R number, has increased from 0.97 to 1.02 on Saturday, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Health.

"The latest R number implies a return to pandemic spread, thus caution is advised, " the statement read.

People who have not yet received a booster dose should do so quickly to avoid serious disease and suffering, according to the ministry. It also advised keeping a safe distance from dangerous groups and using face masks indoors, Xinhua news agency reported.

The R number is a metric used to gauge the pace of the pandemic spread, and usually refers to the average number of people infected by a single virus carrier.

When the R number is greater than one, the number of Covid-19 patients increases at an exponential rate and multiplies from time to time. When the R number is less than one, it indicates the spread of the pandemic has been curbed.

Israel's R number reached 2.12 in mid-January, then gradually dropped to 0.66 in late February.

The ministry reported 7, 080 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the country's caseload to 3, 758, 955, while the number of active cases rose from 41, 841 to 44, 190.

The number of death toll as a result of Covid-19 rose to 10, 419, with one new fatality on Saturday, while the number of patients in serious condition rose from 324 to 326.

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