Israel becomes world's 'Covid capital' as cases soar despite country's massive vaccine roll-out

ISRAEL has become the world's Covid capital as cases have been soaring amid the country's fourth wave.

Despite leading the way on vaccines with a massive jab roll-out, the country has been seeing record numbers of Covid cases.


Figures by the research team Our World in Data show a record 1,892 Coronavirus cases per million people on Wednesday.

It was significantly higher than Mongolia where 1,119 per million were recorded, followed by Kosovo with 980.

Number four on the list is Georgia with 976 followed by Montenegro with 909.

Even though the statistic examines only a day's worth of tests, Israel has been seeing a massive rise in cases amid a fourth wave.

It comes despite the high vaccination turnout, with 69% of the population being jabbed.

In comparison on the same day, there were 522 cases per million in the UK.

However, the massive vaccine roll-out has still contributed to the protection against the virus as the number of deaths in the country has remained relatively lower than during the second wave.

Alongside France, Israel has already started offering top-up shots to the population.

Meanwhile a further 38,154 cases were recorded in the UK today.

Scientists urged to approve booster jabs for older Brits in a bid to protect people from a winter wave.

The planned rollout is already set to be delayed by at least a week.

The UK can't follow suit until the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) delivers its verdict.

Scientists are waiting for the outcome of a study on mix and matching different vaccines before making their decision.

Prof Peter Openshaw, from the Nervtag group which advises the Government, said Britain is in a race against the Delta variant.

He warned: "If we wait for everything to report before making a judgment, we may well be past the time when we should have been making a decision."

Yesterday the JCVI green lighted top up shots for half a million of the most clinically vulnerable, including those undergoing cancer treatment and people with weakened immune systems.

But health secretary Sajid Javid insisted that the decision was "not the start of the booster programme" planned for the wider population.


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