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HU Believes Reopening Schools Will Not Aggravate the Coronavirus Crisis

Aug 29, 2021

Researchers working at the Hebrew University, located in Jerusalem, believe that the reopening of schools in the State of Israel is not likely to lead to a rise in the number of serious patients of the coronavirus in the country. However, this can only be made possible by ensuring that vaccination continues at the same pace. 

These researchers have been acting as advisors to the government, as well as the coronavirus cabinet, ever since the pandemic started. They believe that the third shot of the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer is helping in ensuring that the serious infections are halted. In addition, the recently reinstated Green Pass program of the government is making things better. 

According to the Hebrew University researchers, it is expected that the rate of infection in the country will eventually start to decrease, as will the number of serious cases. On the other hand, they stated that the number of serious patients in the country, who are unvaccinated and older than 60, will still be a challenge for the authorities. 

As per a report the researchers published, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated and are aged 60 or above, are five times more likely to contract a serious infection, as opposed to vaccinated people. Moreover, since unvaccinated citizens are in hospice longer than those vaccinated, they are soon going to become the majority of Israelis receiving treatments in hospitals in the country. 

Moreover, the mortality rate recorded in the State of Israel is expected to soon stabilize. However, it will still be dominated by those who were unvaccinated. 

On Friday, the Health Ministry reported that there was a total of 689 serious cases in the country. This figure included around 149 patients on ventilators. No less than 7,000 Israelis have lost their battle with the deadly disease.

As of now, the reproduction rate, or R, in the State of Israel stands at a figure of 1.11. The authorities and experts have predicted that this number may witness a substantial drop by the mid of September and result in a figure of 0.85. Given that the reopening of schools leads to a slight increase in the number of infections, the rate of daily cases will still decline. 

Nonetheless, the Hebrew University researchers stressed the fact that the country is likely to be faced with several obstacles, as the routine continues. Thousands of people have been predicted to enter into quarantine, due to the reopening of schools. 

In other news, the Western Wall Plaza has currently been divided into small capsules for the penitential prayers of silhot, as the holidays of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah draw closer. 

Wearing masks has been made mandatory for all worshippers, who are also expected to strictly abide by all the coronavirus guidelines detailed by the Health Ministry for the event. Around 10,000 worshippers will be permitted to set foot inside the plaza at once, and consequently, be separated into the capsules. 

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