Israel drops indoor mask requirement on Tuesday as daily cases close to zero
The health ministry announced that from Tuesday, the requirement to wear masks indoors will be lifted, marking the end of one of the only major restrictions on coronaviruses remaining in Israel.
The ministry said there were three exceptions. Workers or guests who have not been vaccinated or recovered from welfare facilities, long-term care facilities or homes for the aged, people en route to quarantine and in-flight travelers.
The Ministry of Health did not speak to schools. In the past, he has said masks will still be required as the majority of under-16s have yet to be vaccinated.
The ministry said if the downward trend in morbidity continues and the vaccination campaign for 12 to 15 year olds, which began last Sunday, is successful, there would be another discussion to consider removing the requirement as well. mask in schools.
The health ministry will also continue to update its list of red countries from which travelers will be required to quarantine themselves for 10 days upon their return.
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Last Sunday, Israel launched its vaccination campaign for children aged 12 to 15, with 600,000 eligible for vaccination.
The move came six months after Israel began its vaccination campaign for adults and after the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the age group.
Some HMOs have previously vaccinated children under 16 in risk groups and have not seen any significant side effects from the vaccine.
Israel’s mass vaccination campaign, which has already delivered both vaccines to more than half of the population, along with lockdown measures, has lowered the number of new daily cases (based on an average weekly), from 8,600 at the height of the health crisis to just 19 on Sunday.
At the height of the pandemic, there were 88,000 active cases in the country and 1,228 severe cases; As of Monday, there were 212 active infections and 29 people in serious condition.