On Sunday, Israel reinstated the indoor mask mandate, after briefly letting go of it earlier this month.
Owing to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases caused by international travelers who supposedly flouted quarantine rules, Israel has brought back its indoor mask mandate, encouraging citizens to don masks whenever they are in an indoor setting with people outside of their circle.
Announced by Prof Nachman Ash, the country’s coronavirus czar, the decision came as Israel registered over 100 new cases for a fourth consecutive day last Thursday, after weeks in which the daily average was consistently lower than 20 after a world-beating vaccination rollout that has seen more than 55 percent of the population receive both doses of the vaccine. “I call on the public to consider whether going abroad at this time is essential. It is advisable to avoid non-essential travel abroad,” he said, adding “that’s not the time to fly with unvaccinated children.”
As far as the current resurgence is concerned, the first two outbreaks were reported in schools, making it all the more crucial for young children to wear masks and get vaccinated. Health Ministry figures show that young people aged 10-19 were the worst hit by the virus last month, as it spread through schools in Israel’s north.