Israel registers 9,874 new COVID-19 cases, totaling 557,563

JERUSALEM, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 9,874 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 557,563.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Israel reached 4,040 with 51 new fatalities, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 1,177 to 1,161 out of 1,917 hospitalized patients.

The total recoveries rose to 471,991 after 11,395 newly recovered cases were added. The active cases decreased to 81,532.

The ministry also reported that the number of people vaccinated against the COVID-19 in Israel has reached 2.156 million, about 23.2 percent of its population in about a month, since the vaccination campaign began on Dec. 20, 2020.

Also on Monday, the Israeli Employment Service said about 134,000 newly unemployed have been added since the ongoing lockdown was implemented on Dec. 27, 2020, bringing the total number of unemployed in the country to more than 657,000, at a rate of 15.9 percent.

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