Israel to reopen culture events as COVID-19 stats decline

February 15, 2021 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein and Minister of Culture Heli Tropper announced Israel will enable the reopening of the culture world tomorrow as the country registered another decline in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) numbers.

Suede performing in Israel. Jul 30, 2015. Photo by Kobi Richter/TPS

Shows, museums, and public libraries will return to operation next week on February 23.

Only those who can show a Green Passport given to citizens who have received two COVID-19 vaccines will be allowed to enter the venues.

Israel began last week to reopen its economy in a gradual and staged program after four weeks of a countrywide lockdown.

For the first time in weeks, the Ministry of Health registered an improvement in the country’s COVID-19 numbers, possibly the result of Israel’s rapid campaign to vaccinate the population.

The Ministry of Health updated Sunday that it documented 1,869 new COVID-19 cases over the past day.

Of the 24,732 tests done on Wednesday, 7.8% returned positive, a comparatively low figure.

A high number of 1,008 patients hospitalized with Corona are in serious condition, 284 of them are on life support.

According to the National Security Council, the coefficient of infection ® has decreased and now stands at 0.85.

5,368 Israelis have died of the virus since the outbreak in the country a year ago.

Over 3,832,300 Israelis have received the first dose of the Pfizer-developed COVID-19 vaccine, some 41.5% of the population.

Over two and a half million Israelis have received the second dose, about 27%.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that if 350,000 Israelis over the age of 50 who have yet to be vaccinated do so, “we have defeated the corona. Go get vaccinated.”

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