- Israel is recording less than 4,000 Covid infections every day, compared to more than 11,000 in mid-September
- Ends meteoric rise in infections in recent months that were believed to be caused by decreased immunity
- Israel launched its trailblazing booster jab program in July and is now offering a third dose for all over 12
Coronavirus cases in Israel are declining for the first time in months and hospitalizations are now retreating strongly – in a sign of the booster jab program being effective.
The country is now recording an average of less than 4,000 Covid infections each day, more than at any other point in the pandemic, compared to more than 11,000 at the peak of its third wave on 14 September.
Cases have now been free for weeks, despite a record number of tests being conducted in Israeli schools and classrooms returning from summer vacation this month.
This ends a meteoric rise in infections in recent months that was believed to be due to decreased immunity and the rise of the extraordinarily contagious delta variant.
Israel launched its trailblazing booster jab program in July in response to the growing wave, which initially targeted those over 60 before expanding to everyone age 12 and older who had been double-dozed. .
The number of people hospitalized with the virus every week has been falling for the past month, which Israeli scientists believe is the result of increased immunity from the third dose.
Data compiled by a research team based at Oxford University our world in data shows that there were 110 admissions per million people as of 26 September, the most recent date, compared to about 165 admissions per million on 29 August.
Britain launched its own booster vaccine program last week, with more than 30 million people aged 50 and older, frontline medics and caregivers and patients with weakened immune systems in line for a third time.
Data from Israel shows that the booster shot reduces the risk of infection by 11 times and reduces people needing hospital care by 20 times.
Israel is now recording an average of less than 4,000 Covid infections every day, more than at any other point in the pandemic, compared to more than 11,000 at the peak of its third wave on 14 September. The data chart above shows the decline as our world per million rate, which peaked at 1,200 per million cases on September 14 and dropped to around 450 per million yesterday.
The number of people hospitalized with the virus every week has been falling for the past month, which Israeli scientists believe is the result of increased immunity from the third dose. Figures compiled by Oxford University-based research team Our World in Data show that there were 110 admissions per million people in the week to 26 September, the most recent date, compared to about 165 per million on 29 August.
Percentage of vaccination by dose in each age group in Israel. The older group, those most vulnerable to the disease, are most likely to accept a jab
The latest data from the country’s health ministry shows that the booster program is creating stronger protection among the elderly. The rate of severe covid disease in people over 60 is currently nine times higher in those who have received two doses of the vaccine compared to triple-JBED – it was 36 per 100,000 in the two-dose group on September 25, compared to 36 per 100,000 compared to just four. booster group. Among those who are not fully vaccinated, the rate is 170 . Was
A major study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on September 15 found that people over 60 who were given a third dose were 11.3 times less likely to be infected with delta two weeks after the booster.
The research looked at more than 1.1 million Israelis. It was also found that those who were given the booster were 19.5 times less likely to be hospitalized with COVID than those who still relied on protection from the two doses.
Covid cases down (but only): UK daily infections drop 0.6% in a week
Britain’s Covid outbreak has eased for the first time in nearly two weeks, while hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline.
Another 36,480 positive tests were recorded across the UK on Thursday, down 0.6 per cent from the 36,710 infections seen last week.
The cases were increasing continuously week after week for the last 12 days.
Despite the drop in official numbers, it could be a setback as other surveillance measures revealed today that cases are still rising.
Data from King’s College London shows that the number of Britons catching Covid every day last week rose by almost 30 per cent.
Cases among children have increased ever since millions of youth returned to classes after the summer break. But now the infection is spreading to their parents, a trend MailOnline revealed earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Covid hospitalizations and deaths continued to decline, with 657 people infected with the virus requiring NHS care (a 12 percent decrease in the previous week) and 137 deaths recorded (down by a quarter).
Both figures are weeks behind infections because of how long it can take for infected patients to become seriously ill.
The latest data from the country’s health ministry shows that the booster program is creating stronger protection among the elderly.
The rate of severe COVID disease in people over 60 is currently nine times higher in those who have taken two vaccine doses compared to those who have triple-JBed – On September 25 it was 36 per 100,000 in the two-dose group, while it was only four per 100,000 in the booster group. Among those who are completely unaffiliated, the rate was 170.
Israel’s results have not yet convinced UK health officials to recommend a massive booster campaign for younger age groups.
The Vaccine Advisory Panel of No10, the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) believes that young people had higher immunity from two doses due to the UK’s unique …