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Israel reports record number of COVID-19 cases but few deaths

The outbreak is due to the Omicron variant of the virus, which is spreading despite Israel’s vaccination push and travel bans.
Israeli Magen David Adom administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus to a young man, in the Israeli town of Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv, on Dec. 23, 2021.

Israel reported a record number of COVID-19 cases today. 

The Israeli Health Ministry recorded 11,978 new coronavirus cases among Israel’s population of more than 9 million. Israel’s seven-day average is now around 7,000 daily cases, according to a ministry release. 

The Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported that today’s total is the highest since the pandemic began in 2020. This was confirmed by the statistics website Worldometer

The increase in cases in Israel is due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which has led to higher virus numbers throughout the world. 

Deaths related to the virus are not increasing with the rising cases, though. Israel is actually averaging zero deaths a day from COVID-19, according to data from Reuters. 

Israel has been one of the most aggressive countries in the world in terms of administering vaccines against COVID-19 as well as booster shots. Last month, Israeli health authorities approved a world-first fourth vaccine dose for the elderly and health workers. 

The Israeli government also banned travel from several countries last month in an effort to mitigate the spread of Omicron.