Corona .. Israel gives up masks and opens schools


On Sunday, the Israelis walked the streets without masks, after a year of committing to wearing protective masks against the Coronavirus, which constitutes a major stop in the country’s massive vaccination campaign aimed at defeating the epidemic.

On Thursday, Israeli Health Ministry announced the abolition of the mandatory wearing of masks in open spaces after more than half of the population received the vaccine in one of the fastest vaccination campaigns in the world.

“It is very strange, but it is nice,” says Iliana Gamulka, 26, after getting off a bus on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, removing the muzzle.

She added with a smile, “No longer you can pretend you don’t know anyone.”

This good news came in time for Gamolka, who works as a project manager, two weeks before her wedding.

And she says, “It would be wonderful to celebrate with everyone without masks. The pictures will be wonderful, I am very comfortable.”

And Israel completely vaccinated about five million people, which was reflected in the number of injuries that were reported. It witnessed a significant decline, with about 200 daily injuries recorded, compared to more than ten thousand in mid-January.

and This drop prompted the authorities to reopen schools, bars and restaurants and allow indoor events that were not covered by Thursday’s decision.

The Israeli Health Minister’s decision to give Edelstein cheerfulness to the customers of popular bars in the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Those who took off the masks to show their smiles.

The employee Esther Malek Sunday did not have the same enthusiasm, who says that she is not yet ready to completely abandon the muzzle.

Malka says, “That is permissible, but I am still afraid. ”

She adds,“ I used to wear the muzzle, I feel that it is part of my life. We will see what happens when everyone abandons it. ”

And Malka believes that“ if Things went well for a few months, so I will give them up. ”

Comprehensive vaccination

Israel counted, which registered only a few months ago. The highest infection rates in the world, 836,000 infections and 6,300 deaths since the start of the virus outbreak in March last year.

These numbers decreased after the Hebrew state concluded a deal with the American drug giant Pfizer, as it agreed to pay a higher price than the price. Market and share data related to vaccine efficacy to recipientsHe must use one of the most advanced medical data systems in the world.

Israel began the Corona vaccination campaign on December 19, and to date 53 percent of its 9.3 million people have received the required two doses of Pfizer / Biontech Vaccine.

Full-fledged classes

And at another major station, Sunday, on the country’s exit from preventive measures From Covid-19, schools have reopened completely without any restrictions on the number of students in classes.

During his visit to a secondary school in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the reopening of schools, considering it a “holiday day” for educational institutions. But he cautioned against complacency.

He stressed, “We have not finished the Corona virus yet, as it can return,” stressing the need to obtain “millions of vaccinations yet.”

And he explained “At some point we will need an additional dose of vaccination.”

On the other hand, injuries in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip are witnessing a remarkable increase amid a low vaccination rate.

Groups urged Israel’s rights group is to provide vaccinations to about 4.8 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, however The Hebrew state believes that this task falls to the Palestinian Authority.

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