For the first time in 10 months, no one has died in Israel due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
According to the Ministry of Health, the number of Covid deaths in the country remained constant at 6346.
The last time there were no deaths from Covid-19 in Israel was at the end of June last year, when restriction measures halted the first wave of outbreaks.
The country’s epidemic began to slow again after peaking in January.
The government began loosening restrictions in February after the Covid-19 vaccination programme gained widespread coverage.
Israel has the highest Covid-19 vaccination rate in the world. As of Thursday, 5 million people had been vaccinated.
The Ministry of Health announced that 53 percent of the population in the country of 9 million people has received the second dose of the vaccine.
Last week, Chief Medical Officer Eyal Leshem of Sheba Medical Center, the country’s largest hospital, said the country was close to achieving “herd immunity.”
Herd immunity is achieved by the fact that enough of the population is protected against infection, thereby stopping its spread.
World Health Organization (WHO) experts say at least 65 to 70 percent of the population must be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
Leshem said herd immunity may be the “only explanation” for the decrease in the number of cases in the country as restrictions are lifted. This means that even if a person is sick, the people he meets around will not be infected.”
Israel began its vaccination program last December and became the world’s top in per capita vaccination doses.
So far, only two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have been administered in the country. The Ministry of Health concluded in February that those with both doses had a 95.8 percent reduced risk of getting sick from the virus.
Israel is preparing to vaccinate 12- to 15-year-olds as soon as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves them.
Meanwhile, While Israel is leading the vaccination program, the opposite is true in the Palestinian territories.
The Palestinian Authority received the first 60,000 doses last month under the international vaccine sharing program Covax.