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COVID: Children to be tested before they return to school after Sukkot

CM 19/09/2021


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Before they return to school after the Sukkot holiday break, children in pre-school and grades 1-6 will need to undergo a coronavirus rapid test as they did ahead of the beginning of the school year, the coronavirus cabinet decided on Sunday, as Israel registered an increase in serious patients, whose number stood at 726 the highest in September.
The decision will need to receive final approval from the Knesset Education Committee.
Currently, there are about 44,000 schoolchildren infected with the virus, as well as 92,000 in isolation after being exposed to a verified case. In the past few days, the number of students in quarantine was as high as 120,000.

Ahead of September 1, at least 8,000 infected students were identified thanks to the required test, which helped keeping several tens of thousands in their classrooms.

Earlier in the day, Health Ministry director-general Prof. Nachman Ash expressed concern over the number of serious patients in the country.
“I personally do not see that we are exiting from this wave, even the number of serious patients is high,” he said in an interview to Kan.

Israel's coronavirus czar Prof. Nachman Ash seen during a visit at the Jerusalem Municipality on November 22, 2020. (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)Israel’s coronavirus czar Prof. Nachman Ash seen during a visit at the Jerusalem Municipality on November 22, 2020. (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)

Since the beginning of September, the number of serious patients has remained stable mostly between 650 and 700. However, the figure stood at 715 on Saturday and at 726 on Sunday.
In addition, some 7,445 new virus carriers were identified on Saturday, with 6.21% of the around 141,000 people screened resulting positive.
In the past two weeks, the number of daily cases has varied greatly because of the effect of the holidays, with the number of tests performed ranging between 55,000 and 185,000 resulting in as little as 3,000 to over 10,000 virus carriers identified in a single day.
At the same time, the R rate dropped below 1 again on Sunday.
The R – or reproduction – rate represents how many people each virus carrier has infected on average and it only mirrors the situation of about 10 days before.
When the R stands above 1, the disease is considered to be spreading because every case generates more than one case. When it is below 1, it is a sign that the number of cases is decreasing.
Around ten days ago, the R dropped below 1 for the first time since the beginning of the fourth wave, and continued to decrease to as low as 0.8, until it started to rise again and reached 1.14 at the end of last week. As of Sunday, it stood at 0.9.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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