JERUSALEM, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 189 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, raising the total number in the country to 837,668.
The death toll from the virus remained unchanged at 6,346, while the number of patients in serious conditions decreased from 173 to 161, out of 256 hospitalized patients.
The total recoveries in Israel rose to 829,407 after 290 newly recovered cases were added, while the number of active cases decreased to 1,915.
The number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Israel has surpassed 5.37 million, or 57.6 percent of its total population, since the vaccination campaign began on Dec. 20, 2020.
Also on Thursday, the health ministry called on the entire Israeli population, including those vaccinated and recovered, to avoid unnecessary travels abroad.
The ministry said this is due to the high morbidity rates in the world and the presence of variants of the virus.
It also issued a warning on travels to Ukraine, Ethiopia, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico and Turkey.