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Israel's active COVID-19 cases fall below 1,000 Updated: 2021-05-10 13:36:27 KST


In Israel Sunday, the number of people with COVID-19 dipped to 985, the lowest figure in 14 months.
The last time active COVID-19 cases dropped under one thousand was on March 21, 2020, when it was 980 during the first wave of the pandemic.
Active cases continued to soar, peaking about three months ago, when more than 74-thousand active cases were reported, and the daily number of newly confirmed cases neared 9-thousand.
However, the tide has turned, thanks to some 4.5 million Israelis being vaccinated as of Sunday, and mostly with both doses.
Another 830-thousand have recovered, and only 17 new cases were reported on Saturday.
Currently, there are just 84 people hospitalized with COVID-19.
In Russia, the country's health minister said Russia will be able to reach herd immunity by September.
According to Russian news agency TASS on Sunday, Mikhail Murashko was optimistic,.. when responding to a reporter's question on whether the country could vaccinate 60-percent of its population by September.
Russia has so far administered more than 21-million doses, or 7.5 percent of the country's population.
In Spain, the country has lifted its state of emergency that has been in place since October, as people celebrated on the streets Sunday over the latest decree.
Spain has been one of Europe's worst-hit nations, having reported over 3.6 million cases and over 78-thousand deaths.
However, infection numbers have dipped and vaccinations have been progressing quickly, enabling most of the 17 regions to scrap the curfew.
Four regions, including the Canary Islands and Valencia, have decided to keep the restrictions.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it will now accept home COVID-19 tests for international flights to the U.S.
However, the home tests must be supervised remotely and in real time by a telehealth provider associated with the test manufacturer in order to be approved.
Currently, all international travelers to the U.S. are required to provide a negative test, taken no more than three days before departure.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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