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Coronavirus in Israel: Health Min. plans to erase “red” countries li


The health ministry plans to demand that the last three countries on the list of “red” or banned countries be removed, the Jerusalem Post confirmed, as students return to school and severe cases decline.

Currently there are three countries on the banned list – Turkey, Brazil and Bulgaria. The infection rate in these countries is declining, as in most parts of the world.

The health ministry said it will issue an official statement when a final decision is made.

Israelis are not allowed to travel to the Red Countries without special permission. Anyone returning to Israel from these lands must be isolated for at least seven days.

The report was first published by Israel Hayom.

Meanwhile, the Israeli children returned to school Thursday after the excitement-filled Sukkot feast and armed with the results of their rapid home antigen tests that were carried out the day before.

“Once again, Israeli parents from all walks of life have taught their children … a lesson in remarkable responsibility and social commitment,” said Yigal Slovik, director general of the Ministry of Education. “Despite doubts … parents of preschool and elementary school students have proven for the second time that they can be trusted.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children seen on the first day of school at an ultra-Orthodox school in Jerusalem’s Neve Yaakov neighborhood on August 9, 2021. (YONATAN SINDEL / FLASH90)

Some 1.4 million antigen tests were collected from Magen David Adom before the end of the holidays and more than 90% of parents tested their children for the coronavirus before sending them back to school as part of this. which the general manager called “Operation Antigen 2”.

Some 600,000 parents have reported testing through the digital reporting system provided by the Department of Health and the rest have submitted paper reporting forms, Slovik said.

Only 0.1% of the students tested positive, he added. By not sending these children to school, it has prevented the closure of around 1,000 classrooms and the isolation of 30,000 students.

On Thursday, it was mandatory to test children for COVID before entering school. Parents who did not screen their children were asked not to send them.

Parents were also asked to screen their children before the start of the school year on September 1. Some 8,000 cases of the virus have been identified.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has tasked the Ministry of Education to find ways to help children break out of isolation beyond the Green Class program, which will begin to be assessed in 300 more classrooms next week. . One idea is to arm parents with about two dozen test kits and have them screen their children whenever they show symptoms of COVID.

The country continues to experience a decline in infection.

Some 3,591 people have been diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday, the Health Ministry reported Thursday morning – only 3.61% of those screened showed a positive result.

An estimated 619 people were in serious condition, including 211 who were intubated. About 70% of severe cases were not vaccinated and 20% were vaccinated with a single dose. It was the lowest number in September.

A week ago there were over 700 severe cases. The fatality rate stood at 7,761, meaning nearly 30 people were reported dead from COVID-19 between the morning and evening reports. Some 7,734 deaths were reported by the health ministry on Thursday morning.

The vaccination campaign seems to be accelerating. Health ministry data showed nearly 60,000 Israelis received their third injection on Wednesday, the highest number since September 9. Another 36,000 received the recall on Thursday. It is therefore likely that the drop in daily vaccinations over the past two weeks was due to the Jewish holidays, which ended Tuesday evening. Nearly 3.4 million Israelis received a third shot.

Nearly 10,000 Israelis received their first dose on Wednesday, the highest number in September.

Finally, Bennett met with health ministry officials on Thursday ahead of the cabinet meeting scheduled to take place on Sunday. The Prime Minister’s office said that during the meeting “the modalities of working together were refined and various issues were discussed.

“The Prime Minister and the Minister of Health stressed in the conversation that they attached great importance to the position of professionals, even when it differs from the position of decision-makers,” the statement said.


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