In recent news, the State of Israel has registered 7,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus. Late on Monday night, the Health Ministry updated its data, while the coronavirus cabinet got together to talk about new measures to try and contain the outbreak.
The proposal was approved by the ministers of the cabinet, which would require works in health and education institutions to show a green pass. In addition, they will have to present it at all venues where it is mandatory for consumers to present it.
Moreover, the ministers devised a detailed outline when considering holding selihot penitential prayer services. Should these prayers take place, they will be held at the Western Wall. The selihot is recited every night by worshippers in the country until the time of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Before the pandemic took over, tens of thousands of people would make the trip to the Western Wall to take part in the prayer services.
As per the plan being discussed by the minister, around 8,000 people will be permitted to visit the Western Wall. They will be divided into groups of smaller sizes and will have to wear masks at all times.
After several discussions, the cabinet decided on a plan to reopen schools on Wednesday. The details of these were figured out in a meeting, which was held by the Prime Minister of the country, Naftali Bennett. Nitzan Horowitz, the health minister, and Yifat Shasha-Biton, the education minister, had also been asked to attend to finalize the plan. Bennett stated that all those staff and teachers who have not yet gotten vaccinated, will have to take rapid tests of the coronavirus, at least twice in one week.
Yigal Slovik, the Director-General for the Education Ministry, revealed that all those refusing to be tested even after being unvaccinated will not be permitted to stay in school buildings. In addition, they will be forced to go home on leave, which will be unpaid. Moreover, schools will be administering rapid tests to keep an eye on children in schools who have not received a dose.
Children studying in grades 7 through 12 will start remote learning initially. In this age group, fewer than 70% students have been given at least the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine. From the 1st of October, at least 70% youngsters studying in a class will be required to get both the shots of the vaccine, if they wish to learn in classrooms in person.
As of now, there are 79,000 active cases in the country, out of which 38,000 are school-going children. Around 6,621 additional cases were recorded on Sunday, which was a number smaller than that recorded on previous days of the week. However, the number of tests processed had also been lower. From the usual 150,000 tests carried out in a weekday, only 90,000 were conducted on the weekend.
Around 7.8% of the people tested for the disease came up with positive results. This is the highest percentage to have been recorded in the last couple of months.