Israel is considering imposing new restrictions to stem the pandemic, as cases increase due to the Delta variant.
According to the plan proposed by the Prime Minister and the Ministries of Health and Finance – and which will have to be approved by the government – fully vaccinated and those who have recovered from Covid-19 will be the only ones allowed to attend gatherings of more than 100 people indoors.
Everyone should also wear a mask, unless they are eating or drinking.
At the same time, the Ministry of Health announced that the mandatory quarantine for those who came in contact with cases and for unvaccinated residents returning from abroad will now last only seven days, instead of ten, provided that they take a test and it comes out negative. .
Israel was one of the first countries to launch a vaccination campaign in mid-December 2020. To date, two doses of the vaccine have been given to more than half of the population (55%) and to 85% of the adult population. So cafes, bars and shops reopened and the number of cases dropped to less than 100 a day, from 10,000 at the height of the pandemic. In recent weeks, however, the cases are increasing and in the last 24 hours more than 600 were recorded, while last week it was about 200 per day.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennettasked Israelis to wear masks indoors and to avoid traveling. He also urged 12-16 year olds to get vaccinated.