The world has been hit by the Indian variant of Wuhan pneumonia (novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19), Delta, and Israel has seen a resurgence of the outbreak due to the Delta virus, announcing the lifting of the “indoor mask order” on June 15, only to ask people to wear masks indoors again just 10 days later.
The number of vaccinations currently exceeds 50% of the country’s population. After announcing the lifting of the outdoor mask order in April, Israel announced the lifting of the indoor mask order on the 15th of this month. However, due to the onslaught of the Delta virus, the number of confirmed cases in Israel has soared above triple digits in recent days after once returning to zero at the beginning of the month, and 227 new cases were confirmed on the 24th, a new high in 2.5 months.
A statement from Israel’s health department said that people must wear masks in all indoor locations except at home; those exempted from the requirement are children under 7 years old, people with disabilities who have difficulty wearing masks, people who are playing sports, and people who work in workplaces with less than two people. The health department urges people to wear masks when attending outdoor gatherings, especially the Gay Pride Parade on the 25th, while high-risk groups and those who have not yet been vaccinated should avoid public gatherings.
Nachman Ash, Israel’s epidemic response coordinator, said via public radio that the recent surge in cases is related to the Delta virus and that indoor mask orders have been reinstated to ensure public safety. In addition, to prevent a new wave of the outbreak, the Israeli government has also announced a moratorium on the entry of vaccinated travelers.