In the last week in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Home Front Command and the HMOs, MDA EMTs and paramedics have sampled 89,323. 12,349 samples were taken in people’s homes and 68,539 at MDA's and Home Front Command’s Drive and Test facilities.
As part of the "Protecting Fathers and Mothers" program, MDA medics and paramedics administered the second vaccine to more than half of the residents and employees of elderly care facilities and sheltered accommodation in Israel.
Unfortunately the national coronavirus death toll has risen to 4,232 fatalities as 1,156 Israelis hospitalized in serious condition with COVID-19.
Whilst the vaccine roll out in Israel has been first class, unfortunately the virus is still raging and Israel is seeing thousands of new cases every day.
"We are proud of our vaccination campaign, but at the same time we now have a mutation whose infection rate is twice what we are used to. At that rate we will have 10,000 daily new cases. The last cases of the mutation from South Africa were not seen in South Africa, but were in Dubai,”
Whilst Israel is leading the charge with vaccinations, the case numbers are soaring and infection rates climbing higher and higher daily.
New measures, still awaiting government approval, include negative test requirement for anyone seeking to enter country, expanded isolation requirements for returning nationals, limits on international flights; health expert calls for airport to be completely closed
MDA Australia is now back in the office and able to invite those of you who would like to drop off tzedakah, purchase baby hampers or greeting cards ect.
We ask for your patience as we are only allowing one person in at a time into the office, Please, if possible, phone us in advance to advise when you would like to come in.
Israel, although still having a very high incidence of COVID, is again one of the world leaders when it comes to vaccinating its citizens.
The IDF soldiers, through the organization and supervision of the Medical Corps, have set a record in 2020 donating approx 72,000 units of blood to the MDA National Blood Services. It is the largest annual donation in the last ten years. The Medical Corps activated this year the blood phlebotomists reserve unit, to assist MDA Blood Services efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak.