Israel, which carried out a swift vaccination process and returned to semi-normality, is re-imposing restrictions to stop the continuous increase in coronavirus infections attributed to the Delta variant. In addition, the government does not rule out a new confinement if infections continue to rise.
The coronavirus cabinet (the government body that manages the pandemic) approved some restrictive measures that will take effect this Sunday, such as the mandatory use of masks in outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people or reduction of face-to-face work to 50 percent in the public sector.
Also from August 20 The Green Pass will be put into operation again, by which only the vaccinated, recovered or negatively tested population can access restaurants, concerts and sporting events.
“Avoid the crowds and get vaccinated now. Otherwise there will be no choice but to impose more severe restrictions, including a shutdown.”warned the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Benett. Faced with the increase in cases, Israel again imposed the mandatory use of face masks in closed spaces at the end of June, although few people comply with the measure. For this reason, the government recruited some 1,600 municipal inspectors who will monitor compliance.
These new restrictions come when the spread of the much more contagious Delta variant brought the number of new cases a day to 3,800. Israel conducted one of the fastest vaccination campaigns in the world and around 60 percent of its population is immunized, but the government estimates that around one million people (out of a population of 9.3 million) have not yet wanted to be vaccinated.