Israel: Ichilov hospital closes last corona ward – news abroad

A “moving day”!

At the height of the pandemic, six corona stations were in operation in the large Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. On Monday, almost three months after the start of the vaccination campaign in Israel, the clinic closed its last Covid-19 ward.

The 18 remaining corona patients, all not fully vaccinated, should now be housed separately in the regular intensive care units. According to the company, four corona stations have also been closed in the Schiba Hospital near Tel Aviv.

The disused corona station in Ichilov Hospital

The disused corona station in Ichilov HospitalPhoto:

In Israel, with around nine million inhabitants, a vaccination campaign began on December 19, which is one of the most successful in the world. In the past few weeks, the number of seriously ill and new infections has decreased significantly. On Monday, the number of seriously ill people was 627. In the last Corona wave, it was about twice as high.

So far, around 5.2 million people in Israel have received an initial vaccination, and 4.2 million have already received the second dose. More than 786,000 Israelis are considered to have recovered from corona disease. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 55 percent of the population received a first vaccination and more than 45 percent a second vaccination.

Israel is a very young country, around 30 percent of its citizens are under 16 years old. You cannot yet be vaccinated. However, experts expect that the vaccination of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 16 could begin by the summer.

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