A.In view of the sharp increase in the number of corona infections, Israel is extending the application of the so-called green pass to almost all areas of public life. All persons aged three and over must show a certificate stating that they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative, as the Corona cabinet decided on Wednesday evening. This applies, among other things, to sports and cultural events as well as fitness studios, restaurants and conferences. The regulation will apply from next Wednesday.
Events in closed rooms without seats may only be attended by up to 1000 people, outdoors by up to 5000 people. Private events are limited to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors. In stores with more than 100 square meters of sales area, only one customer per seven square meters is allowed from Monday.
The number of infections in Israel has increased significantly since the beginning of June. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health reported 5,755 new infected people for the previous day. On Monday it was the first time in half a year more than 6000 infections in one day been. At the same time, according to the ministry, the number of seriously ill corona patients rose to 400 – the first time since the end of March.
In Israel, more than 58 percent of the roughly 9.4 million Israelis are fully vaccinated. Israel was the first country in the world to start taking people over the age of 60 to offer a third vaccination. So far, more than 600,000 people have been vaccinated a third time, according to the government.