Israel tightens restrictions on coronavirus as new cases surge


Jerusalem — The Israeli government launched a new coronavirus restriction raft on Wednesday, including a drastic implementation of digital vaccine passports and stricter restrictions on mass rallies. The country is suffering from a surge in new infections.

After one of the biggest vaccine drives, countries that appeared to have boosted the coronavirus pandemic a few months ago are now re-imposing regulations to control the infection.

Despite widespread vaccination against COVID-19, the Cabinet said that as new cases of coronavirus delta variants increase, restrictions on people gathering indoors, “green pass” holders of access to venues and restaurants Approved stricter measures, such as restrictions on.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the government would “boost” the country’s health system as cases of new coronaviruses continue to surge. He said Israel needs to prepare for mass hospitalization and has allocated 2.5 billion shekels ($ 774 million) to boost the capacity of hospitals across the country.

Despite the vaccination campaign, Israel has seen an increase in new coronavirus cases in recent weeks. The Ministry of Health recorded 5,755 new cases on Wednesday. This is the highest number of days since February, with serious cases increasing from 19 in mid-June to 400.

At least 6,580 Israelis have died from the coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

By May, after vaccination, the government had significantly lifted restrictions on the coronavirus, but due to the rise in new infections, restrictions on Congress and indoor mask obligations were reinstated.

More than 58% of the country’s 9.3 million citizens are vaccinated twice with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. Israel has secured a large supply of Pfizer vaccines in exchange for medical data transactions. Earlier this month, Israel began a third vaccination of immunosuppressed individuals and citizens over the age of 60.

Associated Press