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Israel mulls new Covid measures as infections rise

Jerusalem24 – Israel registered over 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, according to data published this morning by the Israeli Ministry of Health.

The data showed that of the 29,681 tests conducted on Sunday, over 10,000 came back positive, putting the infection rate at 38.9%.

The ministry also reported that 168 people were in serious condition – a rise of 95% from last week – with 37 of them classified as critical.

Health officials have been debating whether to resume indoor masking, and are studying the possibility of authorizing vaccinations for children.

In the United States on Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children under 5.

Israel lifted the mask mandate in April. Indoor masking was one of the last remaining restrictions in place after over two years of pandemic-related emergency measures.

Israeli public broadcaster Kan quoted an Israeli Health Ministry official as saying that a return to the emergency measures will be examined and a decision made next week.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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