In recent news, the State of Israel has registered almost 11,000 cases of the novel coronavirus. The country has now marked a new record, ever since the beginning of the pandemic back in February of 2020.
As of now, the number of patients facing serious conditions is stable. However, the new school year is all set to begin and officials are afraid that there will be a further increase in the number of infections. The Director-General of the Health Ministry, Nachman Ash, stated that he believes that there will be a rise in morbidity but, he is also hoping that there is no outbreak.
Just a day ago, 10,947 new carriers of the virus were identified. The rate of tests returning positive was 7.65%. Experts revealed that there has only been one other time since the pandemic took over the country when there were more than 10,000 cases recorded. On the 18th of January, when the third wave was at its peak, there were 10,118 patients. This particular wave was the deadliest and most virulent that the country had discovered until then.
At the moment, there are around 83,000 active cases of the deadly disease in the State of Israel. Back at the time of the third wave, the number of people battling the disease had been 88,000. However, the number of patients experiencing serious conditions is currently lower comparatively, as well as the number of deaths.
In the month of August, 520 patients had succumbed to the coronavirus, and the highest number of patients in serious condition had been 756. On the other hand, in the month of January, the country had recorded over 1,400 deaths and 1,200 patients whose conditions had been severe.
Of the total number of cases recorded, 35,000 were school-going children. 55,000 children are also currently observing quarantine because they were just recently exposed to verified virus carriers. Therefore, all the relevant children will not be able to attend school.
Children studying in grades 7 till 12 in red cities will not be able to resume in-person learning. These places have been deemed as such according to the Coronavirus Traffic Light System, where the vaccination rate has not even reached 70%. However, they include students who have only received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine or have recovered after contracting the disease before. Though these children will not be permitted to take classes on school premises, they will be granted the chance to study outdoors.
These red cities include Eilat, Ashdod, Tiberias, as well as several other haredi, ultra-Orthodox places, including Modi’in Illit and Bnei Brak. Haredi students resumed their in-person studies just a couple of weeks ago, right at the start of the month of Elul. Ever since then, morbidity has risen from 4% to 23%.
Ash has been quite vocal when it came to the decision to reopen schools. The authorities have also set numerous measures in place to reduce the risk of widespread infections, which includes a requirement to carry out a rapid coronavirus antigen test, right before classes start.