The number of tests performed on Yom Kippur was, as expected, very low, but the data when it came out are far from encouraging: on Monday evening, the number of corona patients with a severe condition rose to a record 772 patients, and the number of respirators peaked at 209 in total. 1,507 corona patients died from the outbreak, 562 of them (37% of all deaths) - in September alone.
The rate of infections in corona tests has risen gradually in recent days and in the last two days has reached more than 14%. That means one in seven tests is positive. A Ynet survey shows that in four cities in the country, the figure is very worrying - and there one in four tests are positive.
Data from the Ministry of Health show that 32.5% of the tests conducted in Beitar Illit between Tuesday and last night are positive. In Elad the figure is 31.27%, in Bnei Brak 27.91% and in Modi'in Illit 26.42%. These are four ultra-Orthodox cities. According to data from the Ministry of Health, the rate of positives in ultra-Orthodox localities is significantly higher than the national average.
The data also show that in Beit Shemesh, where there is also a large ultra-Orthodox community, the rate of positive tests is about 23%. In Arad the figure is 22.6%, in Netivot 19.7%, in Ashdod 18.2%, in Umm al-Fahm 18.1% and in Jerusalem the percentage of positive tests jumped to 17.72%. That means one in six corona tests done on city residents in the past seven days is positive.
On the other hand, there are also some localities where the rate of positive tests is significantly lower than the national average. These include Hod Hasharon, Ariel, Kiryat Ono, Eilat, Ganei Tikva and Kiryat Tivon - the only locality we examined where the rate of positives is less than 5%.
An AMN report published a few days ago states that the World Health Organization indicates a compliance of less than 5% positive over time as one of the indicators for taking control of the plague, but in Israel the situation is much worse.
The AMN report also states that the high rate of positive tests indicates a much wider scope of illness than is actually described, despite the high number of tests conducted in Israel. In other words, there are quite a few corona patients in Israel without symptoms - who probably do not know that they have been infected and have not yet been tested.
According to the data, there have been 4,917 new infections in Jerusalem in the last seven days, an average of about 700 per day. In Bnei Brak, 2,837 positive viruses were diagnosed last week, in Ashdod 2,110 infected, in Tel Aviv 1,348, in Petah Tikva 1,123, in Modi'in Illit 1,327, in Netanya 1,190, in Be'er Sheva 938, in Beitar Illit 914, in Rehovot 843, in Elad 825, in Haifa 819, in Rishon Lezion 813 In Beit Shemesh 805 and in Holon - 801. In all these cities, the daily number of people diagnosed in the past week is higher than 100.
The health system expects particularly high data from verified in the coming days because of a bottleneck created against the background of continued testing. Senior Health official: "Verified data released on Wednesday will be disrupted."