In a recorded audio message to be passed on to friends and family, Bennett said that over the next two to three weeks, anyone over the age of 60 who has not yet received their third vaccine is six times more likely to become seriously ill from the coronavirus, compared to those who have five days after their third stroke.
Bennett warned that all people over 60 use extreme caution until they receive their third dose, including staying out of crowded places and seeing their grandchildren only. ‘outside and masked.
Israel is facing a new wave of infections, with 3,430 positive tests on Wednesday according to the Israeli Ministry of Health, while 250 people are listed as in serious condition. Two weeks ago, that number was 62.
Despite the increase in cases and hospitalizations, experts say the percentage of positive cases is lower than in previous waves, which experts attributed to Israel’s high vaccination rate.
Due to the rising level of infections, the Israeli government has tightened restrictions on coronaviruses, announcing a slew of new countries – including the United States, Italy and France -om which travelers are required to come. quarantined upon arrival in Israel, regardless of their vaccination status.
Following a Tuesday night coronavirus cabinet meeting, the government announced that the Green Pass system would be extended to gatherings of less than a hundred people and regardless of age. Half of civil servants working in government departments are expected to work from home, and private sector employers are “recommended” to return to a work-from-home structure.
But despite the tightening, the new government is still trying to avoid the reintroduction of strict containment-type measures. Even so, he says the risks are increasing.
Department of Health Director General Professor Nachman Ash said in an Army Radio interview on Thursday that while he would not impose a lockdown just yet, “reality may make this a step. necessary ”at some point in the future.
“We have launched a third vaccination campaign to reduce severe cases, and if we see a decrease it could prevent or delay more difficult stages,” he said.
A government statement on Tuesday warned people to avoid crowds and get immunized immediately: “Otherwise, there will be no choice but to impose tougher restrictions, including shutdown. “
In this vein, the Israelis have also been ordered to “stop shaking hands, to stop kissing and kissing and to avoid any gathering in an enclosed space which is not necessary” .
Last month, Israel completely banned people from coming to Israel from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Cyprus, Georgia, Great Britain, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Turkey and Uzbekistan, unless they obtain special permission from the Israeli authorities.