Israel cancels mandatory wearing of face masks indoors

The decision to cancel the mandatory wearing of protective masks in the premises came into force at 20:00 on Saturday, April 23.

The day before, the Ministry of Health clarified the list of places where the wearing of a protective mask will continue to be required:
– hospitals, clinics and pharmacies;
– organizations providing emergency medical care;
– institutions in which there are elderly people (nursing homes);
– international flights;
– a mask must also be worn by a person heading to a place of self-isolation (usually in connection with a positive test result for coronavirus).

In addition, the Ministry of Health recommends that risk groups (the elderly, people with reduced immunity, etc.) continue to wear protective masks indoors, even if this is not mandatory.

Note that the number of people infected with coronavirus in recent days is growing. Nevertheless, the government decided to cancel the mandatory mask regime on premises and public transport, which had been in force for more than two years, from the evening of April 23.

Coronavirus in Israel. Statistics

On Thursday, April 21, the Israeli Ministry of Health published new data on the coronavirus epidemic (as of April 23, this is the latest information).

In total, 4,047,693 cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the country since the start of the pandemic.

The number of infected people is taken into account by PCR tests and tests at checkpoints (a positive home test result is not taken into account in statistics if it is not confirmed at the checkpoint).

Over the past 24 hours, 73,809 tests have been carried out. Coronavirus was detected in 8% of cases.

At the moment, 32942 people are infected (+462 per day).

10,658 COVID-19 cases died (+11 per day; data for two days has been updated).

584 cases in hospitals (-7 per day; 1.8% of the current number of infected), others recover in specially equipped hotels or at home.

The condition of 221 patients (-1 per day; 0.7% of the current number of infected) is assessed by doctors as severe, 76 (-3) are connected to ventilators or ECMO.

The infectiousness index (an index of the reproduction of the virus, showing how many people, on average, one infected person passes it on) – 0.78 (growing in recent days).

According to a report by the Israeli Ministry of Health, 88% of seriously ill patients are over 60 years old.

Most people over 60 years of age are fully vaccinated, and the percentage of seriously ill among them is much lower than among the unvaccinated. Among citizens in the age group 60+, 42/100 thousand are seriously ill and unvaccinated, 13/100 thousand are seriously ill and vaccinated for a long time (more than six months), and 9/100 thousand are seriously ill and fully vaccinated. At the same time, against the background of high infection rates in absolute numbers, the number of seriously ill patients among fully vaccinated elderly people is growing: at the moment, among seriously ill patients in the 60+ category, there are 33 unvaccinated, 11 vaccinated long ago (more than six months), and 126 fully vaccinated. In the age categories under 60 years among seriously ill unvaccinated absolute majority.


According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, as of April 21, 6,705,759 people (72% of the country’s population) received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 6,133,631 people (65% of the country’s population) received the second dose. 4485101 people were vaccinated with the third dose (48% of the country’s population). The fourth dose was received by 797,745 people (9% of the country’s population).

In recent months, the vaccination process in Israel has been very slow. There is a growing number of people who were vaccinated more than six months ago (that is, they cannot be considered “fully vaccinated”).

You can sign up for the vaccination queue at the health insurance fund: by phone, through the website or mobile application.

There is a program “Vaccination at home”, the purpose of which is to eliminate social injustice in relation to residents of the periphery and settlements with a low socio-economic status.

By Editor

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