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COVID: Israel to cross 1 million cases, schools to open in full on Sept. 1

CM 23/08/2021


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Israel is inching toward recording one million people who have been infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began early last year, a few hours after the cabinet approved the outline for the upcoming school year, confirming that children will return to classrooms on September 1.
On Monday, the Health Ministry reported 6,467 new infections, bringing the total number to 994,615. This means that over one in ten Israelis have had COVID.
Among the cases are also Science and Technology Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen, Labor MK Gilad Kariv and far-right MK Itamar Ben-Gvir (Religious Zionist Party) who was released from Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem late Sunday night, after spending 24 hours in the hospital.

Some 6,3% of the people tested screened positive, marking the highest positivity rate since the beginning of the fourth wave.
At the same time, the reproduction rate, or R – which measures how many people each virus carrier infects on average dropped below 1.2 for the first time since the beginning of June. While a R higher than 1 indicates that the disease is still spreading, in the past few weeks it has remained stable between 1.3-1.4. The decrease now seems to suggest the morbidity is slowing down.
In addition, the number of serious patients also appears to be plateauing: on Saturday they were 657, on Sunday 680 and of Monday at noon 672. Of them, some 108 were on ventilators.
Israelis receive the coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv after the Health Ministry announced that anyone over the age of 16 can now be vaccinated, Feb. 4, 2021. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)Israelis receive the coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv after the Health Ministry announced that anyone over the age of 16 can now be vaccinated, Feb. 4, 2021. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
Since the beginning of the pandemic some 6,830 people have succumbed to the virus, with 29 new deaths registered on Sunday, the highest daily toll since February.
In the past few days, health authorities and government officials have pointed out how almost all virus victims had not received the third shot of the coronavirus vaccine.
Israel began mass vaccinating its citizens over 60 with a booster on July 30. Since Friday, all individuals over the age of 40 who have been fully inoculated for at least five months have been eligible for the jab.
So some 1.5 million people have already gotten vaccinated. In total, some 5.9 million Israelis have received at least the first shot – around 58.5% of its population.
The government is pushing to get Israeli students inoculated as they return to school.
So far, 41% of students 12-15 have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 79% of students 16-19. On Sunday almost 10,000 people received their first dose, the highest in over a month.
Since Thursday, all Israelis over the age of 3 who are not vaccinated or recovered need to get tested to access all activities and venues which function under the green pass outline – including restaurants, museums, gyms, pools and cultural events.
Beginning September 1, students with parental approval will be able to be jabbed on school grounds during school hours, in a move that health authorities will allow to dramatically increase the pace of vaccination.
Over an hours-long meeting late Sunday night, the cabinet also approved the general plan that will allow all kids to go back to their classrooms, accepting the outline proposed by Education Ministry Yifat Shasha-Biton.
According to the plan, students under the age of 12 will be asked to present a negative coronavirus test result on opening day.
Parents are being provided with free rapid antigen testing kits and are asked to swab their kids within 48 hours of September 1.
In red cities, students in grade eight through 12 will be forced to study online unless at least 70% of students are vaccinated or recovered.
Moreover, the Green Pass outline will apply to educational staff, meaning all teachers, aides and other workers must be vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 to enter the facilities.
“I am glad that the members of the cabinet accepted my position on opening the school year on September 1 for all ages and voted in favor,” Shasha-Biton said. “We will do it in a responsible and controlled way in accordance with the approved education outline. Many thanks also to the representatives of parents, teachers and local authorities who participated in the discussion.”

Source: Jerusalem Post

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