Israel has made a substantial recovery in ending the corona virus infections by the vaccination campaign, the number of cases are dipping down everyday and in a daily (based on a weekly average), from 8,600 at the peak of the health crisis to just 27 this week. And in the highest peak of the pandemic, there were 88,000 active cases in the country and 1,228 serious cases; currently, there are 510 active infections and 59 people in serious condition. Israel is said to open up and lift all their Covid-19 regulations on June 1st after their successful vaccination program. Israeli health ministry announced that, the remaining Covid-19 regulations on gatherings, and will no longer limit entry to certain venues only to the vaccinated as the country is on its way to eradicating it.
Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced the removal on Sunday, but has also made it a mandate to wear masks indoors for the next two weeks. The rules governing international travel will remain intact, and be made more stringent to prevent the potential entry of new COVID variants.
“Israel is returning to routine,” Edelstein said. “Less than six months ago, we started the vaccination campaign. Thanks to the excellent work of the workers in the health system… we carried out the best vaccination drive in the world. We have long been reaping our reward with low morbidity.
“Now, to my joy, the situation allows us to cancel the use of the Green Pass and the restrictions of the Purple Badge,” he added.
Purple Badge and Green Pass systems will be removed, which means Israelis will no longer require proof of vaccination to enter various venues, and capacity limits at stores, restaurants and other sites will be lifted. There will be no further caps on gatherings, indoors or outdoors.
But, he also said that it comes with a warning. “The Health Ministry is working to continue the low morbidity and will continue to comprehensively observe the situation to prevent an outbreak. Of course, if there is an outbreak, we will have to go back.”
Edelstein urged the people not to travel to countries with high morbidity rates, and to social distance when abroad, in order to maintain Covid-19 regulations.