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Israel reports 158 new COVID-19 cases

21 Apr 2021, 07:05 GMT+10

JERUSALEM, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 158 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising the total number in the country to 837,357.

The death toll from the virus rose by five to 6,345, while the number of patients in serious conditions decreased from 190 to 175, out of 287 hospitalized patients.

This is the lowest number of patients in serious condition in Israel since July 12, 2020 when it stood at 152.

The total recoveries in Israel rose to 828,902 after 235 newly recovered cases were added, while the number of active cases decreased to 2,110, lowest since June 3, 2020.

The number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Israel has surpassed 5.36 million, or 57.5 percent of its total population, since the vaccination campaign began on Dec. 20, 2020.

Earlier on Tuesday, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the state will begin another national COVID-19 vaccination rollout by the end of 2021, which could cover the children.

In a televised speech, Netanyahu said he reached an agreement with drug giants Pfizer and Moderna to purchase 16 million new coronavirus vaccines.

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