There are serious concerns that returning to school today after the Easter holidays will spur an increase in cases.
Covid-19 is still declining in Israel, but reopening schools today after the Passover holiday presents a new challenge. Only 195 new Covid cases were found on Sunday, out of 33,000 tests yesterday, with a positive rate of 0.6%. Currently, only 5,232 Covid cases are active in Israel and no Israeli city is now defined as ‘red’. 323 seriously ill patients were hospitalized with Covid, up from 405 last week.
The only negative development is the rate of R (basic reproduction number), which rose to 0.7 from 0.53 last week.
Israel’s highly successful vaccination presentation, responsible for the rapid disappearance of the virus, is now slowing. 5.27 million Israelis were vaccinated, including 4.85 million who had two doses of Pfizer, according to the health ministry. 87% of people over the age of 50 are vaccinated, 70% of people over the age of 20 and 50% of the age group from 16 to 19. 40% of recent new cases in Israel are people over the age of 19.
With children under the age of 16 not eligible for vaccination, there are serious concerns that returning to school today after the Easter holidays will spur an increase in cases. Classes continue in small groups or capsules, and the situation is closely monitored by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.
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