Israel grapples with high infection rate despite massive vaccination campaign; tightens the borders
Israel, which appeared to put the coronavirus pandemic behind it months ago after a major vaccination campaign, is now reeling from the highly contagious virus. Almost one in 150 people in Israel is infected with the virus, according to a report published by Business Insider. The infection rate also doubled in two weeks, with 7,500 new infections reported in the past 2 hours. As the country battles the rise in new coronavirus infections, the government has proposed a series of new restrictions, including the sweeping implementation of a digital vaccine passport and tighter restrictions on mass gatherings.
Israel has already started giving booster shots
Recently, Cabinet approved more stringent measures – including restrictions on people meeting indoors and restricting entry to venues and restaurants to “Green Pass” holders. While the virus has become dominant despite the high vaccination rate, scientists have now studied how the vaccine resists over time. The results were not encouraging, triggering a wave of panic around the world. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the government would “give the country’s health care system a boost” as new cases of the coronavirus continue their meteoric rise. He said Israel needs to prepare for a massive hospitalization situation and has been allocated 2.5 billion shekels ($ 774 million) to help increase the capacity of hospitals across the country.
More than 58% of the country’s 9.3 million citizens received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine
On August 20, when the Prime Minister took the third vaccine (booster) of the deadly virus, he went to the microblogging site and said, “If we go out to get the third vaccine, we can avoid a fourth locksmith. Israel is the only country in the world that provides its citizens with the third complementary vaccine, and now the whole world is following us. I ordered hundreds of additional vaccine complexes to be opened because we had lowered the vaccination age to 40 and over. According to data from the Ministry of Health, more than 58% of the country’s 9.3 million citizens have received two doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. It is worth mentioning that the government largely lifted restrictions on coronaviruses in May following its vaccination campaign, but with new infections on the rise, reinstated limitations on gatherings and indoor mask warrants.