Israel outpaces the US in daily corona deaths per capita


Israel during lockdown. Ir Yamin, own photo

It’s a record that Israel would rather not have seen. For the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, daily corona deaths per capita in Israel are higher than in the United States.

The figures were published by a military working group of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence Directorate. According to the data, the daily confirmed new cases in Israel are the highest in the world, although that is a result of the large number of people being tested for the coronavirus every day, about 60,000 per day.

The working group calculated daily deaths per capita as an average for the past week. According to the data, the average daily death rate in Israel for the past week was 3.5 per 1 million inhabitants, while in the US it is about 2.2 deaths per 1 million inhabitants.

Israel is far ahead of other countries in daily new cases per capita due to very high testing rates. But even in terms of the percentage of positive test results of all tests coming in between 14% and 15% in the last few days, Israel is also ahead of other countries included in the report for comparison.

This announcement comes shortly after Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said on Tuesday that he expects the national lockdown will take longer and that unlike the first wave, the strict rules will be slowly lifted.

“There is no chance that the lockdown will be canceled within a week and a half, immediately after Simchat Torah. There is no scenario where in ten days we will shut everything up and say, ‘Everything is over, everything is okay’, ”Edelstein told the public broadcaster can, noting to assume that the current lockdown Could take 6 – 8 weeks.

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