The decline in coronavirus numbers during vaccination particularly suggests that “Israel may have reached a class of herd resistance.”
By Paul Shindman, World Israel News
The huge reduction in the Israeli coronavirus infection rate as a result of nearly 60% of Israel being vaccinated seems to have given the country a scandal, as reported by Channel 12 on Saturday.
Morbidity data continues to decline despite the wide economic opening and Purim and Passover holiday gatherings with 97% drop the number of daily infections, the report said.
“It’s possible that Israel has reached a range of herd resistance and whatever, we have wide margins of security,” said Professor Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute, one of the leading research universities in Israel.
Segal led a team of 34 researchers in a Computational Biology specialist lab, who used advanced mathematical models to extract clinical data from the pandemic.
“The graphs of morbidity in recent months have shown a sharp decline that has lasted two and a half months,” Segal said, citing that daily infections have declined sharply with the decline. in the number of patients hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms.
“We have to remember that the economy is open and events like Purim and Passover we feared traveled peacefully, ”said Segal, who saw no steady rise in infection despite numerous family gatherings and increased attendance at synagogues for feast.
Just over 5.3 million Israelis aged 16 and up vaccinated therefore for and at least 800,000 have recovered from having the virus, meaning that two -thirds of the 9.3 million people in Israel have antibodies to avoid the coronavirus.
As to what they are, Segal said the indication of the loss of the herd supports further easing of health restrictions because of “low risk and wide margins of safety.”
Segal reported that even in the ultra-Orthodox sector there were only two new patients with critical illness last week, and fewer than 100 were diagnosed each day. The overall positive test rate is also not half a percent.
“I think it’s possible to get some bans right away,” Segal said.
“It is also possible to lift the ban on masks in outdoor areas, as well as in enclosed areas when everyone is vaccinated and there are only a dozen people present,” Segal said.
“If we see that this causes a recurrence of infections, it is possible to reintroduce the bans, but I think at the moment the risk is minimal and we are allowed to take the next step, and if it goes well, then go even to an almost complete return to normal, ”Segal said.
Prohibitions on large gatherings such as sport events and concerts still persist. Weddings and prayers in churches, synagogues and mosques are restricted and restricted by those who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus.
According to data released by the Ministry of Health on Sunday, there are currently 3,890 Israelis infected with the coronavirus with only 86 new cases seen on Saturday out of 11,173 people tested.
Of those sick, 418 were hospitalized, up from a peak of nearly 2000 last year, with 263 Israelis now listed in critical condition.