Saturday, June 26, 2021

181 Million Cases and A Covid Blow to Israel

The world’s Covid caseload is now 181 million. 

Romania is the latest country to have reached one million cases – a total of twenty-eight countries are all in the same boat. 

And Mongolia is country #97 to have joined the C100K grouping. 

Of course, these days, Malaysians are not likely to raise their eyebrows that the country climbed another rung – and we’re now #36 among countries with the highest number of Covid-19 infections. We are not in a good shape and yes, it can still get worse! 

Yesterday, the Israeli health ministry re-imposed a requirement for masks to be worn in enclosed public places following a surge in Covid cases since it was dropped eleven days ago. 

The spike in new infections is a blow for a country which has prided itself on one of the world’s most successful vaccine rollouts. 

The head of Israel’s pandemic response taskforce, Nachman Ash (left), told public radio the requirement came after four days of more than 100 new cases a day, with 227 cases confirmed Thursday. 

FYI, some Israeli quarters have claimed the country has already achieved herd immunity after it vaccinated roughly 80 percent of its adult population. Note: Children aged 12-15 are just starting to receive jabs. 

Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, deputy director general at Sheba Medical Center, Israel's largest hospital said that at least 70% of Israeli citizens now have immunity to the virus, either through vaccines or natural infection – the latter from the 830,000 people who have tested positive for the virus in the past and which should give them some natural immunity. 

However, Dr Sarah Pitt (left), a virologist at UK’s University of Brighton, urged "extreme caution" in concluding that herd immunity had been reached – something she believes will be difficult even at high vaccination rates.  

I shall repeat, vaccines are not magic bullets.

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