Little by little, life resumes its course in Israel. This Sunday, the country reopened several sections of its economy after having implemented strict containment at the end of December, to cope with a peak in contamination with the new coronavirus.
From now on, shopping centers, museums, libraries and markets are accessible to all, even if rules of social distancing and the wearing of masks remain mandatory. From 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, customers gathered in Jerusalem’s Hadar shopping center, reports the Jerusalem Post, so much so that some brands had to set up queues.
Religious gatherings are still limited, Reuters specifies : Synagogues, mosques and churches can only accommodate half of their usual number of visitors. Cafes and restaurants will have to wait until March to reopen. As for schools, elementary school students and some high school students who were in cities where the epidemic was under control were able to attend face-to-face lessons this Sunday. However, the country’s borders remain closed for the moment. Israel, however, plans to allow entry to travelers from Cyprus and Greece if they are already vaccinated.
A green passport for a normal life
Sports halls, swimming pools and hotels also have the right to reopen, but are reserved for holders of a “green passport”, ie those who received their second dose of vaccine more than a year ago. week, or who are cured of Covid-19 and therefore immune. This green passport is available on an application of the Ministry of Health linked to the medical data of patients.
“We are the first country in the world to come back to life, thanks to the millions of vaccines that we have been able to bring back,” said Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter. “Are you vaccinated? Get the Green Passport and come back to life. You are not vaccinated? Go for it ! “
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According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, 45% of the country’s 9 million people have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Vaccinating patients reduced infections by 95.8%, according to ministry data. The average of new contaminations recently fell below 3,000 daily cases in the country. In total, Israel has counted nearly 750,000 infections as well as more than 5,500 deaths since the start of the epidemic.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr